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903A: Reconciling Heritage and Accessibility in Chester, UK

October 03, 2019

12:00PM - 12:15PM

My presentation will discuss findings concerning accessibility and heritage from my recent trip to Chester, UK as supported by the International Experience Award from Queen’s University. This past April, I had the opportunity to visit Chester, a 1st century CE Roman-British City which won the European Commission’s Access City Award in 2017 for its commitment to an accessible heritage city. Based on my research and experience with the City, I believe that they have been successful in reconciling heritage and accessibility due to their community initiatives which see accessibility as a requirement not a luxury. Leading Chester to have a variety of council plans, initiatives, and committees which prioritize accessibility. This community commitment has paid off, with Chester fostering interesting heritage design strategies, receiving economic benefits, and international recognition