Improving access to places using access audits and access review toolkits

Sensory Trust Access Audits

Over the years our access reviews have been helping improve the visitor experience in a rich mix of outdoor sites across the country - from the urban parks in Sheffield, to museums like the National Tramway museum in Crich, Derbyshire, forests, nature reserves and public gardens such as the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. Our most recent access audits include the Eden Project, Cornwall; Brunel Museum, London; Barrow Hill Railway Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield; Croyland Gardens, Wellingborough; Luxulyan Valley World Heritage Site, Cornwall; and Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. You can find guidance on improving access and inclusive design on our guidance pages. Our audits often support projects with Heritage Lottery Fund development grants. We offer access audits as part of our consultancy service >>

Visitors at Heligan gardens Visitor with visual impairments at Crich Tramway museum People playing in Weston Park Sheffield Consulting with a young parent

Our reviews focus on the visitor experience – what makes a great visit and what’s stopping it being equally great for visitors with disabilities and their families. We are always keen to show the things that are working well, not just the problems, and to highlight simple, low-cost improvements as well as more costly capital works.

We have just finished our biggest review yet - for the Eden Project in Cornwall, a visitor destination that attracts thousands of people each year and that we've enjoyed working with since their formative days. From looking at the information that people use to plan their visit, to the car parks, toilets, food, learning and play experiences on offer, this has been a journey through every aspect of a visitor destination.

Older visitors at the Eden projectAccessible live music at the Eden Project

We have just completed an access review for the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, and Luxulyan Valley World Heritage site, fascinating destinations and gateways to the story of Cornwall's rich mining heritage. These compliment our HLF-funded Pilchards, Pits and Postcards project which is opening up access and understanding of heritage for people of all ages and abilities.

Wheal Martyn China Clay museumLuxulyan valley viaduct

Sensory Trust Access Review Toolkits

Our Access Review Toolkits are designed to equip organisations with the skills and tools required to undertake their own site audits. Instead of individual audits, or sometimes in addition to specific audits, we build a bespoke toolkit and provide training so the techniques and expertise are bedded in the organisation. Examples include a Forestry Commission Access Review Toolkit and Sheffield City Council Access Review Toolkit.

We provide Access Review Toolkits as part of our consultancy services.