Transnational Conference:  COME-IN! CHALLENGES towards accessible museums, Brussels - 8th June 2017

The COME-IN! Consortium has developed COME-IN! guidelines, that represent a set of rules, technical requirements and legal references to ensure open access to small and medium museums in Central Europe and their exhibitions. This is one of the main project output as it represents a project strategy to be endorsed by policy makers and extended to other museums even beyond the Central Europe area.

In order to promote the achieved milestone, a transnational conference entitled "COME-IN Challenges towards accessible museums" will take place in Brussels on June, 8th, 2017 at the hotel Leopold. In this occasion partners wish to meet all interested stakeholders to learn about this important strategy and to give their valuable opinion on the topics such as: accessible tourism and museums, constructional accessibility and monument preservation, what do disabled people really need to access a museum or a cultural site.

The conference will take place in English and in sign language upon request. The participation is free of charge, but the registration is required at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/bb9186f4-5abe-2ca3-6c81-c2fa77e10e84.

Please register by June 2nd 2017.

For more information please contact Ms. Caroline Fischer by e-mail netz@via-regia.org

The conference agenda is available here.



Many museums in central Europe encounter difficulties in adapting to the “for all” concept because of a lack of organisational knowledge and of limited financial resources, both for investments and adequate promotion. Cooperating for open access to museums towards a wider inclusion (COME-IN!) tackles this by increasing the capacities of small- and medium-sized museums by making them accessible to a wider public of people with different kinds of disabilities.

COME-IN! will coordinate a multi-faceted network of museums, disability associations, academic representatives, training institutions and policy makers, that will jointly define an innovative strategic approach on how to promote the accessibility to museums - in order to make them more attractive for the public.

Transnational high-level standards will be discussed and established and know-how transfer structured. The COME-IN! guidelines for organising an accessible collection/exhibition and the training handbook for museum operators will be elaborated and tested along its network. Pilot actions and training to operators will be performed and their results in terms of increased visibility studied. Based on the gained experience, an innovative promotional tool, the COME-IN! label for awarding museums complying with its accessibility standards, will be developed and initially conferred to the museums of the network. The COME-IN! label will be promoted at transnational, national and local level, in central Europe and beyond, thus guaranteeing its sustainability and transferability.

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