Disabled Access Day 2018
21 December 2017
Whilst the next national Disabled Access Day is not until 2019, St Paul’s hosted its own Disabled Access Day on 10 March, designed to put disabled people at the heart of Cathedral life and to showcase what the Cathedral offers to suit the diverse needs of all its visitors.
Activities included TouchTours led by Cathedral guides, clay and mosaic workshops and pop-up discovery tables as well as guided tours throughout the day. Multimedia guides that have British Sign Language, subtitles, audio described and family tours were available for visitors, as they are every day.
Lynn Johnson, Visits Manager at St Paul’s, said: “When Christopher Wren was designing St Paul’s, the concept of accessibility was still centuries away. But in recent times, we have worked incredibly hard to be inclusive of all people and Disabled Access Day gives us the chance to show people they should not be nervous or intimidated about visiting us, whether as a sightseer or worshipper.”
St Paul’s is fully accessible throughout the Cathedral floor and the Crypt for visiting and for services and invests in excellent training for those that deliver tours and multimedia guides to enhance the experience of all our visitors.
We would be grateful if anyone who attended Disabled Access Day at St Paul’s could complete a short survey to help us improve and develop our accessibility provisions in the future.
We continually review the ways in which we can improve accessibility in all areas for wheelchair users, people with visual and hearing impairments and generally to suit the diverse needs of all our visitors. That is always a challenge in a heritage building, but we are delighted that our vision of having equal access into the Cathedral is now one step closer following the approval of planning permission for two wheelchair friendly ramps.