Category Archives: Accessibility

Ely Cathedral launches new app

Ely Cathedral is to become the latest Cathedral to launch its own app – allowing visitors to navigate their way round the 900-year-old site. The App, which is available for download on most smartphones and tablets, will tell users about the history of the site, provide tour routes and information about the architecture and iconic […]


Buildings for Mission – a new resource

A very practical new handbook, Buildings for Mission, which aims to be a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches. This new book which offers itself as a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches is a must have for any congregation who is starting to have a major […]


Easy Access to Historic Buildings

Historic England has revised their guidance and best practice on physical access issues – Easy Access to Historic Buildings – because these often pose the greatest challenges as well as opportunities for historic buildings. There are plenty of case studies (and photos) including places of worship. It can be downloaded for free from the website.


Interpreting religious heritage – a new study

Interpreting Religious Heritage looked at the different ways that churches can promote themselves and their religious heritage. It was undertaken by four American students as their Interactive Qualifying Project submitted to the Faculty of  Worcester Polytechnic Institute in partial fulfilment of the requirements for their BSc degree. This was a partnership between Worcester Polytechnic Institute […]


The Centre for Accessible Environment

The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) is the UK’s leading authority on inclusive design. ‘We aim to help secure a built environment that is usable by everyone, including disabled and older people’. There are plenty of resources including information on how to carry out an access audit.


Easy Access to Historic Buildings (Historic England)

The Historic England (formerly English Heritage) publication, Easy Access to Historic Buildings (2012) can be downloaded for free. These guidelines focus on physical access issues because these often pose the greatest challenges as well as opportunities for historic buildings. Other issues such as lighting, tone, colour contrast and signing are touched upon, while acknowledging the […]



Provision for people with disabilities

London Diocese provides guidance on how to make your church more welcoming and accessible to people with disabilities including how to carry out an access audit on your church. ‘This guide is aimed at helping you to make your church more welcoming and accessible to people with disabilities. The term ‘disability’ covers a wide range […]


Thinking about installing glass doors ?

London Diocese has produced some very thorough guidance for churches considering installing Glass Doors in their church.  ‘The door to your church is its main point of contact with the outside world. What a church door communicates can be very different to what is communicated by any other building that members of the public regularly […]


Disability Access (Mary Bucknall)

A presentation given by Mary Bucknall to the 2008 CTA Conference which provides very useful information on how to ensure that your church is fully accessible to many different kinds of disability. You download both the powerpoint and the text. Mary_Bucknall_disability_access