IHBC’s NW Branch conference 2019: ‘Improving Accessibility’, Liverpool 10 Oct, for an accessible take on accessibility… with tours too!

The North West (NW) Branch of the IHBC hosts its 2019 annual conference – ‘Improving Accessibility – Overcoming the Barriers to Heritage’ – in Liverpool on 10 October, ‘on how to successfully overcome the accessibility barriers that can exclude groups from… historic buildings or sites or participating in heritage’, with fees starting at £70 (concessionary) and tour options of:

  • Victoria Gallery & Museum

  • Liverpool Waterfront

  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

IHBC NW Events Co-ordinator Katie Wray writes:

We are delighted to be holding a conference on access this year. It is a topic we have been considering for a few years as it has so many dimensions. It is essential for a sustainable future that the historic environment is accessible by all and psychological access is just as important as physical access. We will be exploring the different aspects of access in this 1 day conference and hope to see you there to join in the debate.

The IHBC’s NW Branch writes:

Heritage plays a key part in how we define our identity and, at a time of great debate over ideas of local and national identity, making heritage assets more accessible to a broader range of people is of great importance. Improving access to heritage can help promote a stronger sense of belonging and understanding of a place as well as stimulating wider public benefits such as improved health, wellbeing and job creation. Informed management of heritage assets can help to sustain and enhance those assets so that they become better used and valued both now and in the future.

The conference will explore these interrelated themes, focussing on how to successfully overcome the accessibility barriers that can exclude groups from enjoying and experiencing historic buildings or sites or participating in heritage activities. These barriers may be both intellectual as well as physical, and the conference will provide an opportunity to learn of new and innovative approaches to formal and informal learning about, and engaging with, heritage.

The conference will be of interest to planners, architects, developers, amenity societies, and all those who manage and care for the historic environment.

For more details and booking please go to heritageaccess.ihbc.org.uk


Contact ihbcnwevents@gmail.com for more information.

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For more on the NW Branch see the Branch webpage

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