Visiting historic buildings and places

Front cover of the guide shows a black and white close up of an older hand on a handrail.Historic buildings and places not only hold cultural heritage and national identity, people also work, live and enjoy everyday activities in these places. But how best to maintain them and make them accessible to everyone? Once again Ireland has come up with a resource to help: “Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places”.

The booklet is designed as a guide for historic buildings on how to maintain, repair and adapt properties. The chapters provide practical advice including: improving access in and around buildings, providing accessible information, and the process of preparing to improve access. It begins with the principles of getting the balance right, universal design and architectural conservation. More information on related topics can be found on the NDA website.   

The photo is of the remains of the Roman Theatre. This is a stone semicircular ampitheatre that has been uncovered by archaeologists.A related article with an interesting mix of universal design, laser technology and tourism explains how an archaeological site was made more accessible.