Heritage groups praised by Gosport forum for being disability-friendly

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HISTORIANS and heritage groups have been rewarded for making their events accessible to disabled people.

The Gosport Access Group and Disability Forum has given a Disabled Customer Friendly Award to the Friends of Crescent Gardens, Fort Brockhurst, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and to Gosport historian Terry Hinkley.

The Holy Trinity Church, in Gosport, was also given an Excellent Access Award.

The award winners have all worked within Gosport’s Heritage Open Days event to make their activities disability-friendly.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, in Haslar Road, developed a tour of its Second World War submarine HMS Alliance in sign language.

Bill Sainsbury, from the museum, said: ‘Being involved with Gosport Heritage Open Days and the inclusion group has helped us improve our access through working closely with people with disabilities.

‘Their encouragement, expertise and willingness to embrace new ideas has been refreshing.’

Other disability-friendly changes have included providing rest stops on tours and having large-print guides.