Shakespeare Birthplace Trust making properties more accessible - The Stratford Observer

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust making properties more accessible

THE SHAKESPEARE Birthplace Trust has been awarded a grant to make life easier for visitors with sight problems.

The grant of £24,000 – from the government and the Wolfson Foundation – will be used to create new audio resources to help blind and partially sighted visitors learn more about the Shakespeare houses.

It is part of the trust’s ‘Equal Access for All’ project which already includes a wheelchair and pushchair friendly New Place, which also has ‘quiet spaces’ for people with special educational needs and dementia to take some time away when the property is busy.

And Anne Hathaway’s Cottage held its first Disabled Access Day as well as trialing a memory box scheme with dementia groups which will be rolled out officially this year.

Becky Cund from SBT said: “This grant is a significant boost to our plans to transform our presentation and access to welcome everyone, irrespective of their individual access needs.

“With the opening of our first fully-accessible property at Shakespeare’s New Place last August, we are now looking forward to working with partners, community groups and funders to develop access programmes at all the Shakespeare houses wherever possible.”

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