The Brickworks is a huge site – built in 1897, the founders weren’t thinking about visitor comfort. The floors are bumpy, we have ‘authentic’ dust, and the large and complex site can be difficult to understand.
Huge steps forward were made after the receipt of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2014. New interpretation panels and exhibits walk visitors through the Museum in a comprehensive and intuitive way to tell the story of bricks, brickmaking, and this incredible Victorian site.
Here at the Brickworks Museum, we are always striving to increase access to visitors from all backgrounds, ages and abilities.
We have a tactile map of the site in reception, an online access statement, visitor lift and accessible facilities. Thanks to a grant from the South East Museum Development Programme we are also a Makaton friendly site – confident to use hand signs to communicate with visitors to bring the site to life.
In the coming months we will be adding a social story to our website. These are simple pictorial guides used by visitors who might be nervous about the change of routine involved in coming on an educational visit. A social story serves as a simple introduction – familiarising visitors with our site, staff and facilities.
If you are thinking of visiting our site and have any questions about access – as a regular visitor, or as the organiser of a tour or educational visit – please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.
Gemma Ingason – Education Officer