Thursday, November 30, 2006

Staircase House Awarded £1000 At The V&A

[Council press release]
Staircase House topped the bill yet again last week as it scooped the ADAPT Trust's "Excellence in Access" award at a glitzy ceremony at the Victoria & Albert museum, London.

Having been classed as "excellent" Staircase House is being awarded with a grant of £1,000 to assist with future access initiatives. With this money the Council plans to invest in an on-site wheelchair and additional tactile and Braille signage around the historic attraction. These additions will complement the British Sign Language Tour, touch tour and step and stair free tours already available, making Staircase House one of the national leaders in accessible heritage.

The judging panel at ADAPT Trust concluded that; "following years of neglect and a recent arson attack Staircase House has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and converted into an asset, a learning resource, a town museum, and a physical and cultural record for posterity. The true value of Staircase House is not that it is a 15th, 17th or 19th century time capsule but a building in which evidence of over 500 years of construction and occupation can be clearly seen."

Click above image to read the full press release.