Museum of Surrey receives $66,987 for Universal Design upgrade to facility

THE Museum of Surrey has received grants from Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Specialized Equipment ($27,090), and British Columbia Arts Council, Arts Infrastructure Program ($39,897), to complete accessibility improvements to meet Universal Design standards.

“One of the museum’s five values is community – to be inclusive, welcoming every citizen of Surrey and be accessible in every sense – intellectually, culturally, economically, and physically,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “These grants help fulfil this value and promote the museum’s mission to ignite imaginations and connect Surrey’s diverse communities through stories, engagement, and connection.”

The two grants provide funding to upgrade all staff and public washrooms to universal design standards including automatic flushing mechanisms, automatic doors, and automatic faucets. In addition, the museum theatre will be upgraded to include a telecoil loop so that people with hearing aids can better hear presentations. This will be especially important for children on school field trips and workshop sessions.

All accessibility upgrades to Museum of Surrey will be completed by late summer.