The Learning Team are working hard to develop a series of resources for use by visitors with SEND. This page will share what is available so please keep coming back as we will add more resources over time.
Prepare for Your Visit
We have created a Visual Story to help you prepare for your visit to the museum. If you are a regular visitor you will notice the safety changes we have put in place due to Covid-19. This guide will walk you through a visit, showing you the route through the galleries, the signage and other changes made.
We have created a PECS® style set of pictures/symbols to help you plan the sequence of your visit to the musuem. The symbols match those on our museum map. Print, laminate and cut out to add to personal boards before visiting the museum. Some of the key signage is also included.
Please note that a one way system is currently in place.
Below is a trail that follows the one way route highlighting a key object in each gallery. This can be downloaded to phones/tablets and brought with you to the museum.
At the moment the use of these is on hold while we put in place Covid-19 safe use and cleaning of the resources. We will announce when they are available again.
Spike’s Fidget Back Packs are available to help make your visit more enjoyable and help you keep calm as you explore.
Included in each back pack are;
- ear defenders
- fiddle toys x4
- magnifying glass
- sand timers
- a puppet to show around
- a ‘Today I will visit’ PECS style visit planning board
- a map of the museum with quiet zones marked
- a photo list of contents
These are free to borrow by signing them out at the main reception desk and leaving some form of ID as security. (passport/driving licence/credit card) This stored securely and returned when backpack is returned.
The visit planning board is designed to help families plan their visit around the museum and is in a similar style to the PECS boards used in schools and at home. They use the same symbols we have on our floor plan map.
If you are interested in having your own set of these to add to your own board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily send you the images to use when you visit us