Call to Action: Accessibility and Urban Exploration

27 August 2012


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Adandoned Structures in Hackney. Photograph by Christian BenkeAdandoned Structures in Hackney. Photograph by Christian Benke

Its the firth and last week of our series of blogs on the theme of ‘Accessibility’. This week we will be focusing on the theme of urban exploration. Urban exploration generally refers to the examination of unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas.  However, rather than encouraging our readers to scale abandoned buildings, we are looking for new ways to encourage the audience to explore the UK’s exciting urban environments, from parks to music venues and looking at ways that urban areas have become more accessible.

Museum of London. Photograph by Mark Hillary.

Exploring the urban environment goes further than giving people easy physical access to places. We are interested in how people can really get involved with the urban environment around them. For instance, the Museum of London has created a multimedia tour of the history of the Great Fire of London which can be downloaded onto a mobile phone. During the tour you can walk around the area that was consumed by the flames to discover more about how the fire happened and why it spread so quickly.

This week we have several blogs from inspiring organisations that aim to give more people a chance to explore the urban locations around them.

 

Blog by Hannah, Discovering Places Team

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