Access and Inclusion training for museum specialists

The five-day programme of virtual workshops explored what more Azerbaijan museums can do to welcome and engage disabled people in a way that maximises access and inclusion for all.

What was covered?

The 5x three-hour interactive sessions explored:

  • What does ‘Access & Inclusion’ mean?
  • Why does Access & Inclusion matter to the success of Azerbaijan museums?
  • How to embed Access & Inclusion into the way projects are run
  • How to engage with disabled people – when and how to involve others
  • Concept of reasonableness – UK perspective
  • How to assess impact

Each session was designed to encourage, motivate and support both personal and organisational development. We pride ourselves on a training style that is highly interactive and engaging. Sessions included case studies and examples of what good looks like.

Who was the training for?

The programme was for anyone involved in running museums in Azerbaijan and who had an interest in access, inclusion and the promotion of disability equality.

About the Trainer

Nick Goss has managed and directed Access & Inclusion related projects for many of the UK’s largest (and smallest) creative and cultural institutions. Nick has been commissioned by numerous organisations, including the Arts Council, CC Skills Sector and the British Council. Nick is responsible for one of the UK's leading providers of Access & Inclusion Training and Consultancy across the Creative and Cultural Sector.

Nick Goss is a full-time wheelchair user and brings with him personal experience, professionally applied. His current roles are listed below:

  • Access Consultant - British Council
  • Access Consultant - Historic Royal Palaces
  • Access Consultant - Museums Association
  • Access Consultant - Courtauld Institute
  • Access Consultant - Dulwich Picture Gallery 
  • Access Consultant - Ambassador Theatre Group 
  • Access Consultant - HQ Theatre Group

About Shape

Shape Arts is a disability-led organisation breaking barriers to creative excellence. We deliver a range of projects supporting marginalised artists, as well as training cultural venues to be more inclusive and accessible for disabled people as employees, artists and audiences. Running alongside this portfolio is the HLF funded National Disability Movement Archive and Collection (NDMAC), a radical telling of the story of the golden era of the Disability Rights Movement; and Unlimited, which, largely supported by Arts Council and British Council funding, provides a platform for disabled artists to develop, produce and show ambitious and high-quality work, and which aims to transform perceptions of how the work of disabled artists is received in the mainstream art world.