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13 Aug 2019

Developing inclusive visitor experiences

A view of the exterior of Burns Cottage on a sunny day. It is single-storey, has a thatched roof and white stone walls.
Relaxed event sessions run at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
We’re working to provide inclusive visitor experiences to make our places more accessible and welcoming to more people.

One of the Trust’s objectives is to provide opportunities for everyone to experience and value Scotland’s heritage – so we’re making visitor experiences more inclusive, including our events.

At Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the team have some relaxed activity sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. The Oot and Aboot sessions take place in the smallholding at Burns Cottage. Events are scheduled at quieter times and the groups are kept small. The museum’s excellent learning team take charge of these events to ensure visitors have a great experience that’s stimulating, warm and welcoming and not overwhelming.

And on the first Tuesday of every month, we also offer accessible opening at the museum. For these sessions, we turn off all the sound and turn up the lights, so those who prefer to explore the museum that way can do so.

At Fyvie Castle’s Gruffalo Trail on 24 and 25 August 2019, the Trust is working with two local charities, Me Too! and Aberlour, to provide relaxed sessions on both mornings.

More and more properties are scheduling events and sessions like this – keep an eye on the website for more information.

A view of the front of Fyvie Castle, showing its numerous towers, seen from the lawn. Large trees frame the shot.
Fyvie Castle’s Gruffalo Trail includes relaxed sessions


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