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Go as you Please

An exploration of rail travel from the perspectives of people with lived experience of D/deafness, disability and neurodivergence.

Taking a journey is something we’ve all experienced, but our memories and experiences, the choices we have and the barriers we face aren’t always the same.

Members of our community co-production group brought their own lived experiences to the National Railway Museum’s collections of railway marketing posters and artworks from the past century.

They’ve helped to select the objects on display and have given their own interpretation of each artwork, as well as interpreted objects of their choosing in North Shed, the museum’s open store.

This exhibition features two new creative commissions: David Bewick's travel film We Do Get Out and About and a contemporary railway poster and augmented-reality (AR) experience by Hayley Wall titled Shifting Landscapes.


How have we made this exhibition accessible?

In the exhibition, we have provided:

  • A BSL overview of the content
  • A BSL translation and transcript of the travel film
  • An audio-described (AD) tour accessible via QR codes
  • An Easy Read exhibition guide
  • Portable labels
  • Ear defenders
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Headsets for listening to the AD tour on your device

Preparing for your visit

The Highlights Gallery is located on the first floor of the Great Hall. There is a lift and stairs that provide access to the space.

If you have any specific access requirements or would like to request additional information to support your visit, please call us on 033 0058 0058. Lines are open 09.00–17.00 every day.

You can see more information about our facilities and accessibility on our website.

Acknowledgements 

The National Railway Museum has partnered with Curating for Change, an England-wide programme of museums hosting D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent curators.

Our Curating for Change Fellow, Amy Thraves-Connor, has researched our collections and worked with local disabled people to shine a new light on our artefacts.

Curating for Change is delivered in partnership with Screen South and the Accentuate Programme and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Art Fund and Arts Council England.

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