What happened in London
In London, the city was a hive of activity with nearly 40 events taking part. MaMoMi organised a Sensory Trail which explored the magnificent and newly opened Design Museum in Kensington. Stopping at particular exhibits, the tour was designed to provide an introduction to contemporary design and to discover the ways in which design engages with all of our senses.
The tour provided tactile experiences and creates opportunities and accommodations for blind and partially sighted visitors to enjoy the touch, sounds and scents of the exhibition. At the end of the trail attendees enjoyed workshop activities in response to the tour. MaMoMi also organised well attended tours of the Tate Modern and Queen Elizabeth Park throughout the weekend, opening up the art world to accessibility and inclusion.
MaMoMi Initiative leading The Sensory Trail at Design Museum.
Elsewhere the Piccadilly Theatre use the day give their staff presentations on accessibility and sign language, plus a back stage tour for visitors. Borough Market again put on another fantastic BSL cooking demonstration. In Hackney the Hackney Museum hosted an art exhibition and interactive workshop curated by the We Are Artists museum art group. One of the interactive performances included a drawing to music session, which involved visual artists responding to sounds created by musicians. Other places that took part were the Barbican Centre, Kennington Palace, Wellcome Collection, The National Theatre and so many more!
London’s National Theatre lights up for #AccessDay.
A Euan's Guide reviewer Gary Smith from Edinburgh travelled from down to London to get the full Disabled Access Day experience. Visiting a whooping number of places including Apollo Victoria Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre, Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms. He had this to say about us:
“I feel Disabled Access Day provides a great way of trying or visiting something new in a safe, stress free environment. It also allows places that take part to showcase what they provide for disabled people. There are many cases of good practice that places fail to publicise where I feel they should be proud to be shouting from the rooftops!"
Gary sent us this snap of our #AccessDay arrow at Big Ben!