Chelmsford Museum will be hosting a special relaxed opening on Sunday 23 September for those on the autism spectrum, their friends and family.
Starting at 10am and running until noon, Chelmsford Museum at Oaklands Park will reduce lighting and sounds to ensure a suitable environment for those on the autism spectrum. The theme for the relaxed opening is ‘Becoming a Roman Citizen’, with the opportunity to dress up as a Roman Centurion, discover Roman pottery, coins and other artefacts from the local Roman settlement in Moulsham.
Chelmsford City Council’s Champion for Disabled Children and Adults, Councillor Stephanie Scott, said: “Places and events which provide support for people with autism and their families are enormously valued and the move towards greater accessibility at Chelmsford Museum has been positively received. In June 2017 Chelmsford Museum was awarded by The National Autistic Society the prestigious National Autism Friendly Award. One of the first museums in the country to have achieved this status for the welcome extended to children and adults on the Autism Spectrum, their families and carers.”
She added: “Chelmsford City Council is now working to extend the autism access project to other cultural venues in the city and are already providing relaxed productions at Chelmsford City Theatres. The first relaxed production was the Snow White Pantomime at the Civic Theatre in January this year. Future inclusive events at Chelmsford Museum are planned, and I am delighted that the City Council will be hosting more relaxed Civic Theatre performances also.”
The next relaxed panto performance at the Civic Theatre will be ‘Cinderella’ on Wednesday 2 January at 2pm.
To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, including more information about autism and downloadable resources, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums.
Monday 17 September 2018