We have adapted the environment by reducing noise levels and making some of our machinery demonstrations optional rather than standard. Group sizes are also smaller and we provide a quiet room (which includes a lava lamp, gentle lighting and cushions) for those who need some space during the tour. Our tour guide and front of house volunteers are trained in, or have experience of the Autistic Spectrum.
There will also be a special trail with Fred the factory cat for younger audiences, and we have put together some PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) to help us communicate with everyone on the tour.
We’ve timed our Relaxed experience to be the last tour of the day so we can be more flexible with time to suit the needs of the group.
Most importantly, there will be a relaxed atmosphere where you can learn and enjoy discovering our wonderful ‘time capsule’ factory together as a family or with friends. All areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible.
Our Relaxed experience has been developed with one of our museum volunteers who is on the Autistic spectrum.
Here is a short film where Adam introduces what the experience is about.
Preparing for your visit
Below is a short film designed to give you a preview of the factory tour, room by room, and a description of the facilities, to help you prepare for your visit.
Relaxed @ Newman Brothers Experience – Dates and Times 2016
Our 2017 Relaxed tours run once a month on the following Sundays:
Planning for 2018?
Our visit relaxed tour of the year will be Saturday February 10th 2018. Full details and booking are online here.
For other 2018 relaxed tour availability, please contact Josie on firstname.lastname@example.org/0121 233 4785.
The tour starts at 3.15pm. Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour to pay and ‘clock in’. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
It is essential that you pre-book your visit by contacting our front of house team on 0121 2334790 or by email: email@example.com
Bookings will be taken up to 4pm the day before. Unfortunately as our Relaxed tours are led by specific team members, if we do not have any bookings in advance the session will be cancelled.
With Gift Aid
Adult £6.60, Concession £5.50, Child (5-16) £4.40, Child (under 5) FREE, Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £12.10, Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) £17.60
Adult £6.00, Concession £5.00, Child (5-16) £4.00, Child (under 5) FREE, Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £11.00, Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) £16.00
Our admission policy admits the necessary companion, or carer, of a disabled visitor or visitor on the autistic spectrum free of charge, on request, while the normal admission fee applies to the disabled visitor.
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If you have any questions, please do contact a member of staff at the museum on 0121 233 4785 or email Tonia: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sundays there is free on-street parking around the museum. There are currently a few road diversions around the Jewellery Quarter, so add a few extra minutes to your journey time! Click HERE for more information about getting to the museum and parking.
In the museum there is music and sound effects such as tannoy announcements, sewing machines and a clocking-in machine. These will all be set at a fairly low volume.
At the end of the Relaxed tour we will operate the Drop Stamp machines for anyone who wants to see them in action. They are very noisy and screechy. Below is a film of volunteer Cornelious operating the machines for you to watch at home if you prefer. Please adjust your own volume level and enjoy!
We look forward to welcoming you to our Relaxed experience.
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