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!) tackled 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 achieved this change 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! introduced an innovative promotional tool, the COME-IN! Label to award museums complying with accessibility standards
After more than three years of cooperation, the COME-IN! partnership has brought to life tangible results to improve access to European cultural heritage and equal opportunities for all. The COME-IN! Guidelines, elaborated to allow museum operators to cross-check the different dimensions of accessibility throughout the service chain; the Handbook for Museum operators to guide museums and galleries on how to train their staff and to design and organise accessible exhibitions, and the COME-IN! Label as an internationally recognised tool for promoting accessibility. All our instruments are accessible and downloadable on our website. The next call for applying to the COME-Label will be published soon - stay tuned!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our lead partner. We will be happy to share the knowledge acquired thanks to this cooperation.
Scroll down to download our Newsletter in the docs section. Go through our more juicy news from 2019 and access all of our videos and publications. We might have concluded the project but COME-IN! will still be active, stay tuned!
The Municipality of Piran organised an event at the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana to present the COME-IN! Label. Particular thanks to Mrs. Nussdorfer, counselor of the Slovenian president and Vida Koporc Sedej from the Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture for supporting our project.
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.
Project results are published as soon as they are achieved. Stay tuned!
The aims of COME-IN!
central european initiative, TRIESTE - ITALY
Civic Museum and Galleries of History and Art, UDINE - ITALY
Maritime museum "Sergej Mašera" Piran - slovenia
MUSEUM OF THE WORKING WORLD - STEYR - AUSTRIA
Archeological Museum of Istra - croatia
AUSTRIAN CIVIL DISABLED ASSOCIATION - FEDERAL ASSOCIATION - Vienna - AUSTRIA
Archeological Museum Weimar - germany
NETZ - Media and Society - germany
Municipality of Piran - slovenia
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