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Disabled Access Day at The Story Museum, Oxford

Tuesday 30th December

Disabled Access Day at The Story Museum, Oxford

The Story Museum is celebrating Disabled Access Day on Saturday 17 January with a host of accessible events.

There are noisy and quiet storytelling sessions, touch tours of the exhibition for anyone with a visual impairment, and accessible gaming demonstrations with Oxfordshire charity SpecialEffect. The day kicks off at 10.00 with a Relaxed Visit: explore the immersive 26 Characters exhibition in a more relaxed environment.

Kim Pickin, joint-director of the Museum, said: ‘The Story Museum is dedicated to making story accessible to everyone. We’re really looking forward to being part of Disabled Access Day, and to hearing suggestions from all our visitors on how we can make the building more accessible.’

The Museum is currently fundraising for the ongoing refurbishment of its site, including the installation of a new lift, which would give wheelchair access to the second floor of the building: currently there is only lift access to the first floor. During the day, the Museum team will seek comments and suggestions on how to make the building and programme of events as welcoming as possible.

All events are held in wheelchair-accessible rooms, and all are free. Spaces are limited: please e-mail tickets@storymuseum.org.uk or phone 01865 790050 to book your place. Find out more: www.storymuseum.org.uk/access-day

What’s happening?

10.00-17.00 Gaming Demo: Character creation & dressing-up with SpecialEffect. Free – just drop in.

10.00-11.00 Relaxed Visit: Explore the 26 Characters exhibition with families and carers in a more relaxed environment. Free.

11.00-16.00 Making & Crafting: Create some story-themed crafts. Just drop in – suggested donation £1 to cover materials.

13.00-13.45 Where the Wild Things Are: Join-in the rumpus in this noisy storytelling session! Free.

14.00-14.45 Touch Tour 1: A tour of the 26 Characters exhibition for those with a visual impairment. Free.

15.00-15.45 Owl Babies: A quiet sensory story session.  Free.

16.00-16.45 Touch Tour 2: A tour of the 26 Characters exhibition for those with a visual impairment. Free.

Photo call: the press are invited to come and take pictures at 13.00 on Saturday 17 January. please e-mail alex.coke@storymuseum.org.uk or phone 01865 790050 for more information.

About Disabled Access Day

Disabled access day is all about getting out and visiting a venue that you’ve never been to before – whether a cinema, coffee shop, sports centre or anywhere else. It’s for all disabled people and their families, and takes place in venues all over the country. Find out more: http://www.disabledaccessday.com/

About The Story Museum

The Story Museum works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. A charity and non-profit company, it is in the process of transforming a pumpkin project into a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of historic Oxford. The Museum celebrated the end of its first phase of building in April 2014, with the launch of a shop and café, and the interactive 26 Characters exhibition. The Museum continues to campaign for funds to complete the rest of its development. The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.
www.storymuseum.org.uk

About SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect is an Oxfordshire-based charity dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities. Their mission is to enable anyone, whatever their physical disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology.
http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/

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