Access Statement for The Blandford Town Museum

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Introduction

The Blandford Town Museum is free entry museum based in the centre of Blandford and holds a wealth of artefacts and archives from Prehistoric to the present day. The Museum can provide information for people researching their family history, militaria and railways to information and learning boxes for schools, from the local area. It is situated on level ground, down an alleyway branching off from the main high street.

The Museum has level access to the ground floor, however, unfortunately, there is no lift up to the first floor (which contains the railway exhibit, objects from schools and the Victorian kitchen exhibit). There are also touch screen presentations which show objects that may not be accessible to wheelchair users on the first floor. There is also a Touch Table, where anyone can touch and feel the objects contained, which are relevant to different aspects of the museum. Additionally, there is an audio on the ground floor describing the Blandford Fire in 1751.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01258 450388 or email [email protected].

Pre-Arrival

  • For full details and a map of how to get to the Museum, please see the “Find Us” section of the website. If you are travelling using a car or public transport, our post-code is DT11 7HQ.
  • The nearest train station is Poole, which is approximately 14 miles away. Taxis are available at the station, but if you would like to book an accessible taxi, you can book using PRC Streamline Taxis (tel: 01202 37 37 37), or United Taxis (tel: 01202 55 66 77) which run 24 hours a day. Additionally, the X8 bus takes you from Poole to Blandford, and runs every hour. Please be aware there is no seating available at these stops, but the bus takes you directly to Beres Yard, where we are located. The distance from the stop to the Museum is X.
  • The streets surrounding the Museum are wide pavements, on the high street, and are stone.
  • If you require a hired wheelchair or mobility aid, the nearest place is North Dorset Disability Action Group, which is located 0.2 miles west of the Museum, in Blandford, and can be contacted via telephone in advance on 01258 268309.

Car Parking and Arrival

  • The main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible, on a slight incline. The main door is open when the museum is open. The door opening width is X.
  • There is space for two cars to park on site, and if you call in advance we can reserve those spaces. The on-site parking spaces are both on tarmac, Otherwise there is on street parking, and two main car parks in the town (both charge for Blue Badge Holders, which is £2.40 for 2-4 hours).

Main Entrance, Reception and Ticketing Area

  • The main entrance is situated on the ground floor with step free, level access, throughout. There are no seats in this area. The floor surface is carpeted throughout the museum.
  • The area is lit through spotlights, but it is well lit.
  • There is no lowered desk, no screening, and stewards are always happy to help.
  • It should be noted that no tickets are required, as the museum is free, but we happily accept donations.

Attraction (displays, exhibits, rides etc.)

  • The museum spans two floors, and unfurtunately there is no access to the upper floor for wheelchair users at this time.
  • There are touch screens located in several specific areas in the museum, both are accessible from a sitting or standing position.
  • Interpretation is a mix of labels and panels, which are visible from a sitting position. The maximum height of labelling is X. There are several parts of the museum that is set up as a scene, with objects varied between the back of the exhibit and some towards the front.
  • There are artefacts in glass cabinets, as well as labels, and the maximum height of the objects is X.
  • There is no background music, however there is an audio piece about the Blandford Fire at the front of the museum.
  • There are no doors downstairs, however there is a slope in the middle of the museum which is at an X incline.
  • None of the displays use flashing lights.
  • Seating is located at the far end of the museum, and there are several padded benches.
  • Currently, we do not have any Braile or large print guides, but we are working towards improved access for those with vision impairments. We also do not have any audio guides.

Public Toilets

  • Currently, the museum does not have public toilets, nor any accessible WCs, however, these are areas which we are working towards changing.
  • The public toilets for Blandford are located at the Tourist Information Centre, which is located on West Street (0.2 miles away from the museum).

Shops

  • There is a shop with a range of souvenirs and books etc, which can be accessed directly from the main entrance/ticketing area. There are no doors, except the main entrance ones which are kept open, to access the shop and it has level access throughout.

Futura Plans

  • We are looking to improve our provisions for blind and visually impaired visitors, with Braile and large print guides. We also do want to improve our audio provisions and obtain audio guides in the future. As the museum is free entry, we are continually working towards better access and inclusion methods. In addition, in the future, we do want to broaden our access to include the first floor.

Contact Information

Address

Blandford Town Museum Bere’s Yard Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7HQ

Telephone

01258 450388

Email

[email protected]

Hours of Operation

We are open every Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:00 from 1st April until the end of October.

Local Equipment Hire

D.A.G (Disability Action Group): Tel: 01258 268309 Mob: 07791 232 461 6/7 Nightingale Court, Blandford Forum, DT11 7ED Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm

Local Accessible Taxi

United Taxis: 01202 55 66 77 PRC Streamline Taxis: 01202 37 37 37)

Local Public Transport

X8 bus between Poole and Blandford.