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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.
After several months of hard work, the COME-IN! Guidelines have been defined. The document consists in a set of rules, technical requirements, legal references necessary to make small and medium museums accessible to all. The document can be downloaded in the publications section.
COME-IN! consortium has elaborated a report on accessibility in Central Europe defining the basic principles of inclusion and accessibility criteria, best practices and legal framework for making museums accessible to all. The criteria are based on a "service chain" enabling everyone to access museum exhibitions and services. Check the document in the "publications" section!
LP - CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT, TRIESTE - ITALY
PP2 - Civic Museum and Galleries of History and Art, UDINE - ITALY
pp5 - Maritime museum "Sergej Mašera" Piran - slovenia
pp6 - Museum of Working World, steyr - austria
pp7 - Archeological Museum of Istra - croatia
pp9 - BBRZ - Vocational Training- and Rehabilitation Centre - austria
pp10 - University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Thuringia - germany
pp11 - Archeological Museum Weimar - germany
pp12 - NETZ - Media and Society - germany
pp13 - Archaeological Museum in Krakow poland
pp14 - Municipality of Piran - slovenia
Three working groups will be established to define needs, interventions and equipment necessary to reach transnational standards. This will lead to the definition of common guidelines to be transfered to cultural sites willing to guarantee full accessibility.
In order to reach the standards defined in the project, pilot actions will be put in place to test the strategy and approaches introduced.
Moreover, museum operators will be trained to deal with a wider scale of users.
The results will be analysed to study further improvements.
The consortium will elaborate a label to be awarded to museums and cultural sites that have applied the COME-IN! standards, as defined in the guidelines. The label will be promoted on transnational level to ensure the transferability also to other museums in the area and beyond.