International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Richard’s Story

My name is Richard and I started my commitment to the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum in February 2019. I’m in charge of tablets and all electronics at the Museum. My role can be described as Digital Consultant.
I was born with asthma and soon after I started to suffer from non-epileptic seizures. However, it didn’t stop me from pursuing my goals – at the age of thirteen I became a Paralympic Skier. During my sporting career I won 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. This year my condition worsened – after one of the seizures I was paralysed for a month from the neck down. I managed to regain my ability to use my arms but not my legs. Since then I have been a wheelchair user. Biggin Hill Memorial Museum is fully accessible which helps me to feel welcome here. I love to be here. My colleagues are very supportive and friendly. I come to BHMM with my parents who also help at the museum – my mum takes care of the reception area and cleanliness in the Chapel, while my dad is a gardener in the Garden of Remembrance. We truly encourage all people, regardless of their condition and abilities, to come and visit our museum or even become a volunteer.   

 

Did you know that we are a fully accessible site?

Did you know that we are a fully accessible site?
Our discovery tablet includes both audio description and subtitles
Large print and Braille guides are available for both the Chapel and Museum
Magnifying glasses and torches are available from the museum main desk
There are a range of tactile resources available in the gallery (Morse Code, globe and service hats)
Induction loops are located at the main desk and café counter
Guide dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome in all areas of the museum and café.
Accessible toilets and baby change facilities are available in the Museum and Chapel.
Our car park has 2 spaces for Blue Badge holders.
A wheelchair is available from the museum main desk.