Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

A general view of an exhibit room at the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery populated by ancient Roman artefacts behind glass cabinets. A bald Caucasian man in a wheelchair leans forward to examine some information cards on a table.

Direct Access are the Accessibility Consultants for the Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, helping Cumbria become a thriving place for everyone through the development and implementation of an accessibility and inclusivity strategy / plan with a focus on inclusive design to attract local, national and international users of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, now known as Tullie, has collected art, nature and human history for over 150 years. In its original form, Tullie House was borne of a converted Jacobean mansion and stood as more than just a museum; when opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893, Tullie House was also a library, an art school and a technical school.

Today, Project Tullie unfolds as a transformative endeavour, coupling an ambitious programme of capital redevelopments and social capital initiatives to position Tullie as the beating heart of the local community and elevate the museum into a global destination.

Taking into account the BS 8300 revisions and the all-new neurodiversity standard PAS 6463 amongst others, Direct Access is working with the Tullie to ‘future-proof’ the exhibition space, building on current accessibility and inclusion policy to ensure the space can become a truly inclusive and welcoming environment.

Direct Access’ team of disabled consultants will undertake reviews of everything from the physical site’s entrances to the presentation of specific exhibits and displays, developing an Accessibility Strategy familiarise the Tullie team with the universal design principles that underpin the Tullie experience. This will ensure that staff form part of the seamless experience that caters to the widest range of abilities without compromising the museum journey.

Our review will include the delivery of a roadmap that will set the foundation for future accessibility improvements which takes into consideration evolving standards, technology, and visitor feedback – allowing Tullie to adopt specific policies which are in line with leading standards, codes, and guidance, while also going beyond the minimum to surpass the baseline requirements.

A young Caucasian girl, about 5 or 6 years old, presses her nose on a glass cabinet containing a painted wooden sculpture of a roman soldier on a white horse.
In addition to using our disabled teams expertise, Direct Access will welcome the involvement of locals within the community to highlight any specific accessibility issues at the museum that matter to them. In light of this, we are hosting two public consultation sessions in collaboration with the Tullie where D/deaf and disabled people will have the opportunity to express views and thoughts about the upcoming redesign of the Museum.
Consultation 1 will take place Wednesday 8th May 2024 between 2 pm and 4 pm.
The venue will be Prism Arts (Central Methodist Hall), 5 Market Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QJ.
Consultation 2 will take place Thursday 9th May 2024 between 10am and 12pm at Botcherby Community Center, Victoria Road, Carlisle, CA1 2UE.
BSL interpreters and refreshments will be provided and we will also pay you for your time!
You can book your place with us by emailing info@directaccess.group, calling 01270 626222, or texting 07957 789 401.
If you plan to attend, you can let us know if you have any access requirements or concerns about access in advance.

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