Direct Access to deliver accessibility to the

Royal Armouries Museums

A photo of Steven Mifsud poses for a photo on a sunny day with the White Tower in London in the background

Direct Access to deliver accessibility audits for the Royal Armouries Museum Group

Direct Access is honoured to announce that we will be working with the Royal Armouries on their sites in London, Leeds and Portsmouth to deliver independent accessibility audits and disability consultation events with museum visitors.

The Royal Armouries Museum are custodian of the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms and armour, national artillery collection, and national firearms collection. It is also one of the largest collections of historic arms and armour in the world. The London site, the White Tower at the Tower of London, also preserves the Tower of London’s history.

The Royal Armouries aims to provide a welcoming experience which is accessible for all visitors, guests, and staff, attending to a broad spectrum of needs.

Our access auditing team will ensure that the historic significance and grandeur of the Museum sites are carefully considered as we adapt these important curators of British history to become inclusive to a new generation of history buffs who might otherwise struggle to visit the sites through our site interpretation work.

The Royal Armouries was established in its present form by the National Heritage Act (1983) and is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It currently employs 190 staff and receives just over two million visitors a year across the three sites, who, except at the Tower, visit for free.

A panoramic photograph of the Royal Armouries site in Leeds.

With the help of our team, we will assist the Royal Armouries to exceed requirements as laid out in the Equality Act 2010 and create inclusive and barrier-free experiences across the visitor journey, including pre-visit information, social media, exhibitions, events, restroom facilities and more.

Dates and venues for our consultation events will follow in due course, allowing disabled people to get involved with the access improvements across all three sites.

This is one of many museums for which we have provided accessibility audits, with others including the Science Museum Group sites in Manchester and London, Horniman Museum and Gardens, and National Museums Wales.

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