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Universal accessibility at the Terramara park of Montale

Date: 
Friday, 30 October, 2015
Responsible: 
Alessia Pelillo, Modena
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
in general for all the visitors

Since its opening in 2004 the Archaeological Terramara Park of Montale developed universal accessibility as one of the fundamental requirement for a museum. In the last five years, also thanks to the comparison and the sharing with the partners museums and institutions of OpenArch, we increased our tools for universal accessibility (on this topic very interesting was the lecture “Methods for mapping and developing universal accessibility at museums and cultural institutions, including archaeological open-air museums" of of Linda Nilsen Ask, Rogaland County Council, Norway, presented at the conference of Cardiff in May 2015).
The Park of Montale is realized on the archaeological site where a settlement of the bronze age has been discovered. The visitors have access to the excavation area and to the open-air sector with the true scale reconstructions of two houses and their furniture.
The entire path of the visit is universally accessible:
• The excavation area is directly on the ground, protected and preserved by a wooden roof recovered by earth and green. Inside, the visitors have both the possibility to rise by some steps, both to see everything from the ground floor (pictures 1, 2, 3)
• The visit outside the excavation area to the open air reconstructions follows a path designed in the public park of the town of Montale, without special obstructions (picture 4, 5).
• The entrance to the open air sector, through the reconstruction of the bronze age fortified gate, is free from barrier both if the visitors decide for the earth path or the bridge on the reconstructed ditch (pictures 6, 7)
• The access for the reconstructed houses can be done by the steps or by a lateral ramp (picture 8, 9, 10) designed for wheel chairs and the two houses are connected by a flat platform (pictures 11, 11bis, 12). Inside the houses, the clay floor does not represent a problem, as the experience proved.
• The area out of the houses, dedicated to the demonstrations and workshop’s activities, is always accessible (pictures 13, 14, 15, 16)

Images

picture 1 - Excavation Area
picture 2- Excavation Area
picture 3 - Excavation Area
picture 4 - Paths along the Park
picture 5 - Paths along the Park
picture 6 - Entrance to the open air sector
picture 7 - Entrance to the open air sector...
picture 8 - Entrance to the open air sector
picture 9 - Entrance to the reconstructed...
picture 10 - Entrance to the reconstructed...
picture 11 - the platform between the two...
picture 11bis - the platform between the two...
picture 12 - the platform between the two...
picture 13 - the area outside the houses for...
picture 14 - the area outside the houses for...
picture 15 - the area outside the houses for...
picture 16 - the area outside the houses for...