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New publication entitled Access – Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places

The Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan TD has recently launched (5th October 2011) a new publication in his Departments Advice Series entitled, Access – Improving the accessibility of historic buildings and places.

The Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit (AHAU) of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with the support of the National Disability Authority have published these guidelines to create a greater understanding of the principles of conservation, universal design in addition to providing a greater understanding of relevant legislation and policy.

The new publication is aimed at those involved in planning and managing historic buildings and places. This includes conservation & heritage officers, architects,  building control officers, access officers, facilities and accommodation staff, and others.
The document aims to assist all those listed above and anyone else (i.e. disability organisations) involved in the area of creating access for all people (despite their ability – age, size or disability). The document provides guidance on:

For further information and to download a copy of the document click here or contact Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (www.pobail.ie). If you would like further information or need further assistance in relation to improving access to historical buildings or sites, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on 01-4151285 or e-mail [email protected]