English Heritage turned to an access consultant from East Yorkshire to ensure their historic buildings don’t become tourist traps this summer.
Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access, was invited by the organisation, which is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment, to tender for the contract to conduct access audits of some of its most famous properties.
Ian won the work and studied five sites – Tintagel Castle and Pendennis Castle in Cornwall, Battle Abbey in Sussex, Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire and Witley Court in Worcestershire.
His report will help English Heritage to further develop its planned national programme of access assessments across its sites, with particular attention to disabled visitors.
“English Heritage is well aware of the legal requirements around providing access to its properties for as many people as possible, and it takes a very pro-active approach to exceeding those requirements,” said Ian.
A spokesman for English Heritage said: “We are committed to improving access to our sites for everybody within the resources available to us. What benefits a disabled person will also really help older people and families with young children. We also aim to give really useful advance information so that as many people as possible can plan a visit that suits them and enjoy these wonderful places.”