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Museums are places where everyone should be able to see and learn about our cultural heritage. However, many museums in Central Europe, encounter difficulties to be accessible for all due to 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 making them accessible to a wider public of people with different kinds of disabilities. The project will achieve this change by through its COME-IN! Guidelines, the training handbook for museum operators followed by 7 pilot actions and training sessions to museums operators.
Based on the experience gained, COME-IN! will introduce an innovative promotional tool, the COME-IN! Label to award museums complying with accessibility standards
As a lead partner of the project “COME-IN!” for the accessibility of Museums, the Central European Initiative attended the launch of the new exhibition “Work is invisible” of the Arbeitswelt Museum in Steyr, Austria. In line with the COME-IN! Guidelines, the museum, which is also one of the 14 partners of the project, has completed a set of infrastructural and communication interventions, funded by Interreg Central Europe Programme, launching a powerful and fully accessible exhibition.
When we think of work we usually think of the visible aspects of it; factories, offices, machines, tools, computers, and people working. But how, why and what are the feelings that move those people, stress them or motivates them - that is invisible. What are the stories behind the tools and products that have shaped directly and indirectly our working lives in the last 150 years? How technology has evolved and how it has affected the way we work? What is awaiting for us in the digital age?
Hosted in a former knife and weapon factory, this new multi-sensorial exhibition of the Arbeitswelt Museum of Steyr offers an immersive performance on the hidden stories of Work.
The exhibition will be free for the first two weeks and will offer adapted guided tours on demand and educational programs. For more information, please visit the website: www.museum-steyr.at
Budget (Million euros)
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. (Training handbook available here).
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.
LP - central european initiative, TRIESTE - ITALY
PP2 - Civic Museum and Galleries of History and Art, UDINE - ITALY
pp5 - Maritime museum "Sergej Mašera" Piran - slovenia
PP6 - MUSEUM OF THE WORKING WORLD - STEYR - AUSTRIA
pp7 - Archeological Museum of Istra - croatia
PP8 - AUSTRIAN CIVIL DISABLED ASSOCIATION - FEDERAL ASSOCIATION - Vienna - AUSTRIA
pp9 - BBRZ - Vocational Training- and Rehabilitation Centre - austria
PP10 - UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES ERFURT - THURINGEN - GERMANY
pp11 - Archeological Museum Weimar - germany
pp12 - NETZ - Media and Society - germany
pp13 - Archaeological Museum in Krakow poland
pp14 - Municipality of Piran - slovenia
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