This document provides an overview of the services which the Gallery offers to the public and an assessment of where improvements might be made to advance equality of access and ease of use.
1. Statement of general principles
The National Gallery is committed to the widest possible access to the national collection of Western European painting from c.1250 - c.1900, which it houses, conserves and displays. The paintings are held for everyone regardless of education, income, residence, or personal circumstances. The Gallery's aim is to make physical access to the collection as easy as possible for all; to enable everyone as far as possible to have access to scholarship and information about the collection; and to allow everyone to enjoy and study the collection in as many ways as possible.
As a service provider and equal opportunities employer, the Gallery aims to comply with the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and with the amendments made since.
With the above in mind, the Gallery has reviewed the services which it offers to the public, made an assessment of where improvements might be made to advance equality of access and ease of use, and drawn up measures for their implementation as far as resources allow. Progress is monitored by an in-house group, the Access Group, set up for the purpose.