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.
On 10-11th April 2017 the 2nd COME-IN! Steering Committee meeting took place in Piran, during which partners discussed two important project documents: Report on accessibility to culture for all users in Central Europe and COME-IN! Guidelines, a set of rules, technical requirements and legal references allowing open access to collections and exhibitions in small and medium museums.Both draft documents have been revised by the consortium and they will be approved mid May. In addition, partners agreed on the promotion of the Guidelines, first of all at European, through a transnational conference which will take place in Bruxelles on 8th June 2017 and at national level during July 2017.Finally, museums involved in the project presented their action plans, launching events and pilots, which will be implemented over the next year. All pilots will be tested for six months and according to the results achieved the COME-IN! Guidelines will be revised.
On February 13-14th 2014 in Vienna, partners defined the final draft of the report on accessibility in Central Europe and the structure and main contents of the COME-IN! Guidelines. Both documents will be available in May 2017.
The Consortium experimented disability simulations at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna learning about accessibility solutions.
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
pp8 - OZIV - Austrian Civil Disabled Association - austria
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.