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23 Mar 2022

Our Community Welcome Pass Scheme

We’re pleased to officially relaunch, and expand, our Community Welcome Pass Scheme to help community groups explore our sites, and enjoy science, history, and art, for free!

The Community Welcome Pass scheme is open to community groups, CICs, or small charities based in Birmingham, Solihull or Sandwell who support marginalised or vulnerable groups who might not otherwise visit our museums. Groups can join the scheme in either the spring or autumn, and once they’ve joined, can visit our participating sites as often as they like throughout the year with their service users or group members.

The scheme received funding from the Association of Science and Discovery Centres to help more people in Birmingham access science. It was initially designed to reach people who might face financial barriers to visiting Thinktank, to help ensure that everyone can learn about, and be a part of, science. We are delighted to now extend the pass to cover some of our Historic Properties.

A group of children having their photo taken by an adult in front of Soho House

Due to Covid, we had to put the scheme on hold but after an initial pilot in the summer of 2021 we’re delighted to get it back up and running!

Spaces on the scheme are limited, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible groups. To join the scheme, group leaders must attend a (virtual) information session, which will give all the information they need about leading visits to our sites, as well as practical information about how to book and what you’ll find on a visit. Up to three staff members from each eligible organisation can attend the session.

The Community Welcome Pass lasts for one year but can be renewed for future years, and in that time can be used to bring groups to Thinktank, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Soho House and Sarehole Mill. During the information session members will receive a link to a digital information pack full of maps, trails, and information about the site to help get the most of out of a visit.

Thinktank exhibition of a group pf taxidermy animals

One of last year’s Passholders told us “all the kids enjoyed their visits and learnt new things. Feedback from parents is that this scheme is a really wonderful idea and offered an experience the children would not have had a chance to have!” and we hope more groups can take advantage of the scheme again this year!

Our next information session will be held on April 27th. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who has missed out on a space at this information day will be welcome to book onto our next session in the autumn.

To find out more, or to book a space, please email Rosie.Barker@BirminghamMuseums.org.uk  giving details of your organisation, including name, postcode, and details of your organisation’s purpose/participants served.

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