Winchester Science Centre wins Gold for Accessibility and Inclusivity

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Winchester Science Centre has been honoured with the Beautiful South Gold Award 2020/21 for Accessible and Inclusive Tourism. 

Winchester Science Centre is on a mission to spark curiosity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in everyone. And this month the charity has been honoured as the Gold winner of the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Category in the Beautiful South Awards. 

The award recognises that the Science Centre provides a truly memorable visitor experience for everyone, particularly those with accessibility requirements. 

In line with the guiding principle, ‘no decision made about me, without me’, the charity established an advisory panel in 2018 to inform the decision-making process regarding accessibility improvements. This includes individuals who represent a wide range of disability and impairment. The panel has played a key role in the charity’s development strategy by providing valuable advice on new initiatives, including the brand new sound and hearing exhibition which opened in October 2020.

Recent updates to the visitor experience include the addition of a Changing Places facility, improved venue acoustics, updates to the Planetarium and the creation of a Recombobulation Room - a sanctuary for anyone who needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the Science Centre.   

Alongside these improvements, the Science Centre continues to provide step free access where possible and lifts where not, free admission for carers, hearing loops, relaxed Planetarium shows with low lighting and sound and live science shows for those with sensory sensitivities, among many other things.

And the journey is by no means over. Winchester Science Centre has a passionate and committed team who are dedicated to ensuring that the venue is a truly welcoming and inclusive place. So watch this space for more!

For more information visit our accessibility page.