Duty of Care

The Royal Armouries accepts that it has a duty of care for all those who suffer from exclusion of opportunity in gender, race, class and disability. Specifically the Disability Discrimination Act means that from December 2006 all public bodies have a duty to promote disability equality.

It has changed the way our laws work in this area, from responding to individual disabled people making complaints to expecting the public sector to be positive in removing barriers.

Furthermore, the Act sets out what is known as the general duty and that public authorities must, in carrying out their functions have due regard to:

  1. Promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons
  2. Eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Act
  3. Eliminate harassment of disabled persons that is related to their disabilities
  4. Promote positive attitudes towards disabled persons
  5. Encourage participation by disabled persons in public life
  6. Take steps to take account of disabled persons’ disabilities even where that involves treating disabled persons more favourably than other persons

If a public authority does not comply with the general duty, its actions, or failure to act, can be challenged by means of a claim to the High Court for judicial review. A claim for judicial review could be made by a person or a group with an interest in the matter, or by the Disability Rights Commission.

The definition of disability is that used in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and applies to a wide range of disabilities. It is essential that museums consider the impact of their decisions on the full range of disabled people.

Working Towards our Vision

The Royal Armouries has an Access Officer responsible for the development of Access awareness and is responsible to the Collections Director.

Our Partners

The Royal Armouries currently works in partnership with the University of York, Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People, West Oaks Special Inclusive Learning Centre, Makaton, Leeds Community Foundation and Acoustiguide to address issues relating to access, inclusion and equality. Guidance was also gained from the Disability Framework by the DCMS and the Disability Portfolios published by the MLA.

From April 2007, the Museum will create a systematic and sensitive environment in all areas of Access and Leisure Learning. To this end we will: