York Archaeological Trust (YAT) and York Blind and Partially Sighted Society have joined forces to ensure visually impaired visitors are able to enjoy their experiences to YAT’s visitor attractions to the full.

The project, which is also supported by the RNIB and other regional blind societies such as Selby District Vision, will see teams of visually impaired Inspectors visit YAT’s JORVIK Viking Centre and DIG attractions. They will then feedback their experiences so improvements can be made to assist visual impaired visitors in the future.

The scheme will start in December, with the remaining three YAT attractions of Barley Hall, Richard III Experience at Monk Bar and Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar visited in the New Year.

Jen Jackson, Community Engagement Manager for YAT said, “The unique nature of the buildings in which our attractions are located range from York’s famous city walls, to Barley Hall dating back to 1360, to JORVIK that operates underground which can mean difficulties can arise when it comes to access for visitors with certain disabilities. This partnership along with the awareness training our attraction staff have already received, will ensure visitors whatever their impairment, can enjoy our attractions. ”

Ashley Mason, Interim Chief Executive of York Blind and Partially Sighted Society said “With over 6,000 people living in York with sight loss it is important that we ensure local people can enjoy learning about their city’s past in an accesible environment. We are pleased to be involved in this project where our members will have a real impact in helping shape York’s cultural offering for visually impaired people.”

Source: York Archaeological Trust