Improving access to heritage events – looking beyond the ramp!

10 August 2012

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Accessible minibus enters Fort Brockhurst. Photograph by Laura Scottorn/Creative Landscapes.Accessible minibus enters Fort Brockhurst. Photograph by Laura Scottorn/Creative Landscapes.

Ramps, large print information, accessible toilets – access done and dusted, or just a good start? One Heritage Open Days group in the South East, Gosport, has been working closely with the Accentuate Heritage Project to look at how their events can go beyond this and offer other ways to making their heritage events more accessible for the wide range of visitors who find visiting and enjoying these events difficult.

Come Heritage Open Days this year – 6th-9th September – the Gosport group is running two more of its very popular Accessible Jolly Bus Tours to specific events, providing a free minibus to take visitors to specific events (must be booked in advance).  For first time, they are offering a ‘remote, off-boat’ tour of the Haslar Lightship, the best-preserved Lightship in the country, for people who can’t get on board to complement the on-board visit to the Ship. There is also a BSL interpreted tour of HMS Alliance at the Submarine Museum and an ‘avoid the crowds’ visit to Fort Brockhurst for those who like a bit more space and time for their visits. For information on all events see the Heritage Open Days event directory, email or pick up a brochure in the town.

Enjoying Heritage Open Days. Photograph by Laura Scottorn/Creative Landscapes.

The work in Gosport and along the coast in Hastings & St Leonards has been supported by Accentuate Heritage, part of the South East’s Legacy Project, Accentuate, which is funded by the Legacy Trust and the regional cultural agencies. As the project comes to an end, resources and information about it are downloadable from the Accentuate website.


By Esther Gill, Accentuate Heritage Project Manager


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