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Community & Access

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The Russell-Cotes was given to the people of Bournemouth and it is our aim to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

We work on site and via outreach with community partners to open our collections to all.

Tactile Tours
Visually impaired visitors can explore the Russell-Cotes through touch.

Museums to You
We also offer a range of activities for vulnerable older people. Using our unique collection of art and objects from around the world, these sessions provide an enjoyable social experience. Interactive activities on a range of themes are available in elderly care settings, particularly suited to people living with dementia.

Our range of themes include: Beside the Seaside, Armchair Traveller, Work, Love and Marriage, The Countryside and Rhyme Time. All activities can be tailored to suit users’ needs and abilities and can be delivered either onsite at the historic house or at a venue of your choice.

Community Initiatives
In 2015, the Russell-Cotes is working with the Dorset Indian Association to celebrate the loan of a sculpture of Ganesha from the British Museum during The Festival of Ganesha – find out more information here.

We have worked in the past with organisations including Access Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Skills and Learning, Bournemouth Children’s Centres, Bournemouth Libraries and Dorset Blind Association.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Russell-Cotes launched an exciting project working with the LGBT community to explore the hidden treasures in its collections and to create a stunning new exhibition.


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Additional Information

If you are interested in booking a tour or working with the Russell-Cotes on a Community project, please contact our Learning and Community Team via russellcotes@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Access information
For information on accessing the Russell-Cotes, please visit our Accessibility page.

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