SEND in Museums conference

Event Date:2 July 2019 10:00 am - 2 July 2019 4:00 pm

Brooklands Museum

10am registration tea/coffee – start at 10.30 am and finish at 4pm.

SEND in Museums conference – will showcase the SEND in Museums project which ran throughout the South East during April – July. This linked museums with a variety of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabled) groups and ages to produce focused outcomes that increased inclusion. This conference will celebrate that work and build upon it with practical workshops and talks that cover different SEND subjects. The day will conclude with an open discussion with strategic organisations to explore what the sector can do next to welcome SEND audiences.

Delegates will hear from three museums within the SEND in Museums project on how they engaged with their audiences to create new resources and partnerships. They will be given a further 11 case studies from the remaining project museums also giving practical overview of their work. They will also be given copies of the Special Schools and Museums Toolkit which SEMDP launched last year.

Delegates will also:

  • hear from Autism in Museums and learn about the needs of this audience and what steps can be taken to support their visit.
  • hear from Makaton UK and learn 10 useful Makaton signs to take away and use in their museum.
  • be able to learn more from relevant organisations through the ‘market-place’ during lunchtime
  • attend 2 x 45 minute practical workshops (3 x options to be chosen from on the day) which will teach delegates about Sensory Processing, Creative practice and interpretation with SEND audiences, Sensory Tour around Brooklands museum lead by volunteers.
  • hear from DCN (Disability Cooperative Network in Museums) about their work and recent news about Changing Place Toilets.
  • be able to discuss future steps on SEND inclusion within museums with a panel of experts and ask questions from them and funders such as ACE, Kids in Museums and NLHF.


  • Claire Madge (Autism in Museums)
  • Makaton UK
  • Becky Lyddon (Sensory Spectacle)
  • Martin Crowther
  • Becky Morris (DCN)

To book your place on this event, please click here.