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Invitations for Inclusive Exhibition Design

How can we make visiting a public exhibition a truly accessible and inclusive experience? 

While visitor accessibility to museums and galleries has generally improved during the last decade, many visitors with different abilities still face a degree of uncertainty when they enter an exhibition. One in five people in the UK lives with disabilities. This presents a huge loss of potential interactions for museums.

Commissioned by Wellcome Collection – a public museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health – this year-long project looked in detail at Wellcome Collection’s process of planning and making exhibitions in order to develop a toolkit for inclusive exhibition design.

 Researcher Katrine Hesseldahl has been working alongside the London institution to understand how the visitor journey can be made more accessible for all by removing barriers to accessing exhibition content, ultimately making the time spent at Wellcome Collection significantly more enjoyable.

Research Associate:
Katrine Hesseldahl

Age & Diversity Research Leader:
Dr Chris McGinley

Research Partner:
Wellcome Collection