Dame Anne Begg MP will visit the Maggie Law Museum in Gourdon next Thursday morning, then present a seminar on disability issues at the Living Rooms Inverbervie in the afternoon.
The Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon, has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme, with substantial financial backing from Aberdeenshire Council, Kincardine and Mearns, Regeneration Committee.
Dame Anne has been the specialist adviser to the Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association who are managing the Project on behalf of the new Maggie Law Museum Committee, and will be able to see the improvements to access arrangements and services for people with a disability, who will now be able to make better use of the Museum and local area.
Project Director Dave Ramsay said, “With the opportunity to create a fresh start with the planning and the refurbishment of the Museum, we have been able to plan the Project around people with disabilities and mobility problems, and overcome some of the difficulties which previously excluded this group.”
Both The Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association and the Maggie Law Maritime Museum, have been awarded the Positive about Disability Award, and will be presented with these on November 15.
A Partnership between the Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association, and Lathallan School, Johnshaven has been a great success, with senior pupils from the Lathallan Civilianship programme, raising funds to pay for the new Museum sign, and new flooring for the upstairs educational resource area.
For the afternoon event at the Living Rooms, Dame Anne will deliver a short seminar on Disability issues, covering her own experiences of overcoming a disability, and current issues for people with a disability.
Dame Anne said “It has been a great honour to have played a very small part in helping deliver such an innovative project, which will allow many more people to access an important heritage site in a beautiful location. As our paralympians proved this summer, disabled people have a great deal to offer if given the opportunity to participate on a level playing field. Much achieved more to do is probably how I would sum up my own experiences.
“I am looking forward to my visit to Gourdon and to participating in the seminar which will provide an opportunity for disabled people to discuss the current issues that are giving cause for concern. My work as both an MP and as Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee would lead me to believe that many of the present concerns are around disability benefits.”