Venue spotlight Tate Modern and Tate Britain!

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Venue spotlight Tate Modern and Tate Britain!

We continue our Venue Spotlight this week by chatting to London’s Tate Modern and Tate Britain. They had an awesome time last year, and we’re excited to hear what they have planned for this year and this is what they told us when we got in touch! 

We signed up to Disabled Access Day in 2016 because we saw this as a great opportunity to partner with Euan’s Guide to send out a message to people who might not have thought that Tate was a place for them. We want to tell people that our buildings are accessible, we are free to come in to, and all visitors including disabled visitors are assured of a warm welcome from our Visitor Entrance Hosts, many of whom are disabled people.

Last year we set up a welcome room offering free tea, coffee and biscuits. The room was staffed by our team of Volunteer hosts who helped people to understand the building and who offered to take people round. The room was spacious and calm, so even on a busy weekend day it was a place where visitors could come and relax. We also had a small exhibition of tactile objects and replicas of sculptures, and images of some of our access programmes such as BSL tours.

The impact on Tate of taking part in Disabled Access Day was that we were able to talk to disabled visitors and ask what their expectation of Tate was. We can learn so much and make so many changes when we receive feedback from our visitors.

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Our plans for Disabled Access Weekend 2017 are to deliver two days of events;

Saturday 11h March at Tate Britain will include:

  • Quiet welcome room with free tea and coffee staffed by hosts.
  • Behind the scenes tours of the Tate Archives, with BSL and touch tour interpretation.
  • An opportunity to talk to our volunteers about volunteering at Tate, which can lead to so many exciting social opportunities

On Sunday 12th March at Tate Modern we will be offering;

  • A quiet welcome room with free tea and coffee.
  • A table of interesting tactile handling objects.
  • Touch Tours in the galleries.
  • Welcome from our Volunteers.

An opportunity to talk to our volunteers about volunteering at Tate, which can lead to so many exciting social opportunities.

Our advice for other venues thinking of participating in Disabled Access Day is to draw upon the experience of your own disabled staff members to create a simple event which is easy to deliver without too much rushing around. Set aside a quiet welcome room and have friendly staff members on hand to show people round.  Keep things calm and simple, and put the kettle on!