It was a small jewel of an exhibition which I’ve written about, with photos, on my lifestyle blog, Plus Black: Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style Of Her Own. Click the link to read more.
Here, I’m focusing on accessibility to the Museum for wheelchair users – I’m a power wheelchair user.
The good news is the Fashion and Textile Museum has good access. I made it in and out with just a few tremors of fear – pretty much a win for me … not being the most intrepid of power chair users.
We were able to park directly opposite the Museum, as pictured below, and I wheeled out, via our automated ramp, onto a nice wide pavement. Of course, this meant I had to negotiate my way down a dropped kerb and across the road but, with D blocking the space from me and not-busy roads, I managed this no trouble.
Getting through the door was a little tricky as there are cobblestones – wheelchair users nightmare – and a shallow upwards incline to traverse. All do-able though I found getting out was a bit more hair-raising as the slope down over cobbles into the road wasn’t quite so easy to cope with. However, I did it and it was okay-enough that I’d not really worry about doing it again.
Once inside, it was smooth sailing. A couple of gentle, spacious, easy wheeling, slopes up to get past the entrance then it’s all level with a lift to the upper level.
You have to request assistance for the lift as it’s not in the public space and key controlled but, on the day we went, this was easy enough and the lift was a reasonable size for my chair and one attendant.
And, that’s it. We had no time to explore cafe facilities and I never bother with toilets so do check these for yourself before venturing forth if you need to.
We thoroughly enjoyed both exhibition and the intimate scale, plus easy access, of the Museum and will be keeping an eye on what’s upcoming next, T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION, and in future months.
The Fashion and Textile Museum doesn’t have a permanent display but puts on one focussed temporary exhibition broadly every quarter, offering ‘a rich variety of contemporary fashion and textile items’.
Check out the Fashion and Textile Museum website if any of that might be of interest and maybe we’ll see you there sometime. 😉💋