As part of its work to develop creative, low cost approaches to making heritage accessible, the Creative Landscapes Project has supported the development of Heritage Open Days in Gosport. The naval town has been involved with HODs since the beginning, piloting the project in 1991, so by 2009 the programme was well established and able to embrace ideas to improve the accessibility of events.
Our work with Gosport HODs has focussed on:
As a result of the project:
Participants on the Jolly Accessible ‘Army and Navy’ Heritage bus tour of Gosport, September 2011
‘The project has really helped people to look at what the term access means and that it is perhaps a bit more than about whether a wheel chair can get through that doorway. But is actually about whether an event is accessible and understandable to people with a wide range of disabilities, including those that aren’t so obvious.’
Terry Rhodes, Coordinator, Access and Inclusion Group.
‘The bus is such a good idea. We couldn't have come to these heritage events without it.’
Participant on the Accessible Bus Tour
‘Creative Landscapes has had a tremendous impact. Due to the advice and expertise of the Inclusion Group, event organisers became more aware that providing inclusive access was not such an onerous and expensive exercise as they had imagined.’
Richard Sturgess, Gosport & Fareham Access Officer