Aberdeen museum to open doors to kids with additional needs

Museum curator Ruth Duncan
Museum curator Ruth Duncan

An Aberdeen museum is to host its first relaxed opening for children with additional support needs.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum will open its doors to visitors with extra needs, their families and carers on Monday July 23.

The event is part of a summer partnership with the charity Me Too.

Gordon Highlanders Museum curator Ruth Duncan said: “As a lively museum with lots going on, we know that sometimes this can be challenging for visitors with additional support needs.

“We are committed to removing barriers to accessing the museum and hope we can encourage more visitors who perhaps wouldn’t normally consider coming to the museum to pop in.”

Learning officer at the museum Lewis Gibbon said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Me Too on our first relaxed day.

“I hope this is a stepping stone for more collaborations with this fantastic charity.”

Visitors will be able to explore the display areas in a calm, relaxed atmosphere, take part in some additional craft activities and check out some of the museum’s handling collection.

Me Too chief executive Phionna McInnes said she was happy the museum would be more accessible.

She said: “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Gordon Highlanders Museum and their commitment to make their facilities accessible to people with additional support needs who may struggle to access the facilities due to sensory considerations or understanding from others.

“This not only gives an opportunity to local participants but also gives a clear message to tourists that the museum is making an effort to be accessible to a wider community.”