With the cultural sector now poised to re-open from July 4 under strict(ish) guidelines set by the UK government, now is a good time revisit an online chat we had with Professor Helen Rees Leahy earlier in the Covid-19 crisis.
Part of a longer conversation recorded for teaching purposes, Helen talks to ICP’s Andy Hardman about her experiences of inaccessibility in museums and galleries. What lessons can the sector learn from disabled visitors in the ‘new normal’ of accessibility issues we all now face post Covid-19?
Helen Rees Leahy is Professor Emerita, Museology, at the University of Manchester. She retired in 2017 and now lives in north Wales where she continues to think and write about cultural access. She has progressive Multiple Sclerosis.