HMS Unicorn is one of the world’s six oldest floating ships, now a fast-developing museum and successful visitor attraction in Dundee. Built in 1824, she is Scotland’s oldest ship and is the most completely original ship in the world to have survived from the golden age of sail. Since she came to Dundee to act as a Royal Navy Reserve training ship in 1873 and was gifted to The Unicorn Preservation Society, her history has intertwined with the people of Scotland by providing high-class learning experiences to all.
This has been the mission since it opened as a museum: to make the enjoyable learning experience that the ship offers available to all. However, accessibility at HMS Unicorn, especially for those with additional mobility needs, has always been challenged by the physical features of the ship, which maintain its originality and uniqueness, but conflict with the mission statement, learning and inclusion policies. Making the visitor experience on board HMS Unicorn as accessible as possible has become paramount in order to reach out to as many audiences as possible and to improve visitor experiences.
Today we are hearing from Andrea A. Campomanes the Learning & Engagement Officer of HMS Unicorn, giving us an insight in the different accessibility features that have been added over the years.