British Museum

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  • Shared Experience

    Shared Experience is the British Museum’s programme for older adults.

    The Museum works closely with local organisations to make the Museum accessible to everyone. Advice for group leaders visiting the British Museum with older adults. This guide offers information and advice to group leaders working with older adults who may need additional support to make their way around the Museum and enjoy the collection.

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    Afternoon Sessions

    Monthly informal sessions for people over 55.

    Participants have an opportunity to handle objects that stimulate conversation and provide a chance to share experiences, ideas, stories and memories with one another. The sessions also work in providing a valuable resource for the visually impaired.

    The object handling activity is followed by accompanied visits into the galleries, participants will be able to decide where they would like to go to and what objects they are keen to see. In small groups led by experienced Museum volunteers they get support and assistance as they explore and enjoy the collection.


    Outreach Visits

    Object handling sessions at local community centres

    The British Museum offers community groups an opportunity to make the museum more accessible to the older members of its community. The result is a successful partnership programme tailored to the needs and interests of its older participants.

    The Museum can provide object handling sessions at local community centres working with older adults on request. These engaging outreach visits act as taster sessions in preparation for a group’s first visit to the Museum, or are offered when participants find it difficult to visit the Museum. Outreach visits take place throughout the year.


    Exhibition Previews

    Community views of special exhibitions

    Involving local groups with the Museum’s exhibition programme.

    Community previews

    An opportunity for community groups, neighbourhood centres & local charities in London to see the special exhibitions for free. Building and strengthening relationships between the Museum and members of the local community and allowing excluded audiences to access and engage with the Museum’s exciting exhibitions programme.

    Supplementary schools views

    Enable culturally diverse and intergenerational community organisations to access the special exhibitions with tailored support, activities and resources to meet their interests.

    Community evening views

    Giving community partners another opportunity to view special exhibitions before it closes. The views take place on a Saturday evening after the Museum has closed to the general public and allow community groups who would find it difficult to attend on a Sunday to access the exhibition.

    Exhibition consultations

    The Community Partnerships team offer support to community groups to help engage with the Museum’s exhibitions and build relationships.