22 November 2012
MP's Visit to The Museum

dame anne beggOn Thursday 22nd November 2012, Aberdeen South MP Dame Anne Begg, who is a wheelchair user, visited the Maggie Law Maritime Museum to see first hand the work that was being carried out to make this visitor attraction more accessible to people with disabilities.

Project Director of A Howe O' The Mearns Heritage Association, Dave Ramsay explained to her what was planned.

The building is on two floorswith an external stair.Downstairs a small reception area has been created and a purpose built space for wheelchair access.Here there will be a laptop computer which will provide an "Armchair Tour" of both floors with an audio visual tour to show the building, it's contents and exhibits.

This laptop can also be transferred to the visitor's car and the " Armchair Tour" will be designed around audio descriptive text for  people with impaired vision.

Because of the purchase of two mobility scooters wheelchair users will be able to travel on terrain, normally out of bounds eg. they can visit the trail from Inverbervie to Gourdon.

When not in use by The Museum these scooters will be available for the local community especially older people facing challenges and barriers.

Dame Anne Beg said " Not everywhere has to be physically accessible now because of modern technology. A lot of places don't make their premises accessible for disabled users because they think it's going to be too difficult, but it doesn't mean adding a lift or ramp as there's other ways to make goods accessible to people with disabilities"

Dave Ramsay told her that the museum hopes to achieve Visit Scotland status before opening next year.

Thanks to The Mearns Leader for use of information and photo for this article.

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