People with learning difficulties and their inclusion within cultural and heritage sites

Rix, Jonathan (2010). People with learning difficulties and their inclusion within cultural and heritage sites. In: Singh, Rana P. B. ed. Heritagescapes and Cultural Landscapes. Planet Earth & Cultural Understanding, 6. New Delhi, India: Shubhi Publications, pp. 303–328.

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Abstract

This essay explores the practices of a participatory inclusive research project in Liverpool and Merseyside, UK. This project involved the Heritage Forum - 25 people with learning difficulties – making more than 50 visits to 13 cultural and heritage sites over a 15-month period. The project serves as a much needed resource as there is both a lack of research and lack of provision for the intellectual accessibility of cultural and heritage sites. This essay describes the research process adopted by the Heritage Forum, presenting a flexible protocol for working with groups and individuals with learning difficulties. It reports on the Heritage Forum’s findings about the cultural and heritage sites and offers guidance on how to facilitate the inclusion of this diverse population.

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