State of Museum Access 2018: call for volunteers

Are you passionate about access and inclusion in the museum sector?

We’re seeking volunteer researchers for the State of Museum Access 2018 report.

You’ll be given a list of 50 museums, and we would like you to visit their website, locate their access information for disabled visitors, and complete an online checklist to note what information they provide. It can all be done from home: all you need is a desktop PC or Mac and an internet connection. (We don’t recommend doing this on a phone or tablet.) You don’t have to be an expert in access or disability: we’ll provide briefing notes, and we’re only interested in the presence or absence of different information – we’re not judging the quality of the access provision at the museum itself. Volunteer researchers will be credited in the final report, to be launched in September this year.

You can read the VocalEyes State of Museum Access 2016 report. This year we’re expanding the report to cover access information and resources for a wide range of needs, which will be developed in partnership with Stagetext, Autism in Museums and other experts.

We’ll be starting the research on 1 March, and together the volunteers will have two months to visit the websites of all 1700 UK accredited museums. If you’d like to help, please email matthew@vocaleyes.co.uk.