1.0 Introduction

1.1 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council recognises that all people have the right to derive the same benefits and opportunities from its museums and cultural facilities, regardless of ability, age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

1.2 It is the Councils policy to provide physical and intellectual access to Kirkleatham Museum and its collections, grounds, programme of exhibitions and special events; and to offer a warm welcome to those who choose to visit and utilise the museums facilities.

2.0 Guide to the Museum Site and its Facilities

2.1 Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum is a local history museum situated in the ancient village of Kirkleatham, 3 miles from the seaside town of Redcar. The Museum is housed in a magnificent 1710 Queen Anne building that sits within a site covering 15 acres. The site is generally flat, with gentle ramps at the ends of pathways which make it ideal for wheelchair users.

Access into museum is through a wide double door and an automatic door just inside the porch which requires a push on a button to open and gain access.

Displays and exhibitions occupy the three floors of the Museum, all of which are accessible via the Ground Floor lift. Public toilets, including facilities for disabled visitors and baby changing, are located on the Ground Floor.

2.2 The Pavilion

The Pavilion is a modern building which consists of a large glass-roofed exhibition/ events hall, a suite of spaces used for schools visits, and a cafe. All public areas within the Pavilion are at ground level and are easily accessed through the automatic doors at the entry to the exhibition/ events hall. Public toilets, including facilities for disabled visitors and baby changing, are linked to the cafe.

2.3 Collections Annexe

The Collections Annexe is a purpose-built storage facility housing the Museums collections. It is built on a single level and features a large space for storage along with a small office which is the workspace of the Collections Officer. The Collections Annexe is open to the public for research and viewing purposes, but only by prior appointment. A toilet with disabled facilities is located within the building.

2.4 External Grounds & Car Parking

The Museum grounds feature a play area for children (up to the age of twelve) which is fenced off from the picnic areas and large area of flat lawn. Clear signage and a wall-mounted site plan give directions to the other facilities on the site.

The parking area provides for up to 6 coaches and 80 cars plus 4 spaces designated for disabled visitors.

3.0 Museum Opening Times

Kirkleatham Museum is open six days per week (Tuesdays to Sundays) throughout the year, and admission is free. There may be charges applicable for some, but not all, of the Special Events programme which is held throughout the year.

Opening hours are:
Summer (April September): 10:00am - 5:00pm
Winter (October March): 10:00am - 4:00pm

The museum is closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

4.0 Access Principles
  • We will provide our services to the widest range of people regardless of ability, age, gender, ethnic or religious background.
  • We will seek to continually improve both physical and intellectual access to our museums and services.
  • Core services will be free including entrance to our museum. A charge may be payable for Specialist Exhibitions, Events and Activities.
  • We will consult regularly with disabled people and disability organisations to ensure that every one can access the museums services and facilities.
  • We shall ensure that the principles of full access underpins all aspects of the work at Kirkleatham Museum.
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