Black Country Living Museum

Evans Jones were appointed by the Black Country Living Museum to carry out a Disabled Access Audit of the existing museum site and to appraise upcoming redevelopment plans.

  • Location:
  • Dudley, West Midlands
  • Service:
  • Access Audits

The Black Country Living Museum is the UK’s third most visited open-air museum and welcomes more than 300,000 visitors every year. The brief was to establish the current accessibility of the site to disabled users and advise on any works required to bring the site up to best practice standards.

The aim of the museum is to preserve the culture and traditions of the Black Country and depict over 300 years of history to its visitors. Therefore, Evans Jones had to consider the barriers to disabled users whilst also noting the historical character of the site. Evans Jones successfully balanced these conflicting interests and were able to suggest a number of improvements to make the site more accessible. 

Evans Jones completed the audit and appraisal to an agreed schedule and devised a unique report format to provide clear and realistic recommendations. The recommendations were prioritised and allocated costs in order to allow the Black Country Living Museum to develop a strategy for their implementation and budget for the works accordingly.