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Accentuate Heritage Bristol Workshops, September 2013

We still have places left on our exciting heritage workshops. 

Deadline for reserving a place extended to Thursday 5 September 2013.

  • Have you ever thought about what it might have been like to be disabled and  live in Bristol over 100 years ago?
  • Where would disabled and Deaf people meet?
  • Have you ever wondered about the fascinating histories that surround Guild Heritage ‘The Guild of Brave Poor Things’?
  • Who were the founders? What stories hide behind the walls?

Accentuate Heritage is pleased to be working in partnership with Brave & Poor Ltd,  the Vassall Centre & WECIL & NSPCC to put on two Disability Heritage workshops which will be led by leading disabled artist Liz Crow. These workshops are open to local Deaf and Disabled people and we will do our best to ensure that access needs are met. There are a limited number of places so please book early.

The Workshops

Wednesday 11 September 4.30pm – 6.30pm

In its centenary year, Liz Crow will lead a site visit to Guild Heritage to find out about the founders & stories behind the walls.  The Guild is service provider to the NSPCC and they are kindly providing access to the venue for our Site visit.

Thursday 12 September 12.30pm – 4pm Includes lunch  at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue Bristol

An opportunity to work with artist Liz Crow, using creative writing to make your own response, although mainly focussing on what you have learnt from the day before, there will also be a chance to reflect upon the history of Vassall Centre too.


To Book a Place

To book a place please complete the booking form, which can be found at the bottom of this page, and return to Anna Wheeler by Thursday 5 September 2013.


Telephone: 0117 947 9942

We will do our best to meet your access needs. Assistance with travel costs is available. Please note if you require BSL due to our booking requirements, please book by Friday 23 August at the latest. Thank you.   

For information about Accentuate Heritage please contact Liz Porter


Telephone/Text: 07824 344828


What is Accentuate?

Accentuate produces and commissions projects which challenge perceptions of disability and provides opportunities for deaf and disabled people to take part and lead.  Accentuate works in a number of areas, including the arts, film and heritage sectors.  Accentuate is based in Folkestone as part of Screen South, which is a cultural development agency.  Accentuate has been funded by Legacy Trust UK.

Accentuate has a specific strand of work called Accentuate Heritage which focuses on supporting a better heritage experience for disabled people, through enhancing creative interpretation at sites and training as well as sharing disability history.   Accentuate provides specialist advice and guidance in how to interpret heritage material in a variety of accessible and creative formats as well as leading collaborative cultural heritage experiences that are  site specific.

We are currently devising a new national disability heritage programme called Accentuate History of Place. This project will explore the history of deaf and disabled people in relation to building design through the ages and will provide training to develop the skills of heritage events organisers, volunteers and heritage staff, in order to make heritage sites and events more accessible to disabled visitors.  This is the first project of its kind, which will explore the history of disabled people from the Medieval Period to the present day.  The unique heritage sites will be brought to life through the individual stories of the disabled people who played a major role designing or inhabiting these buildings.  Accentuate History of Place is designed both to bring this relatively hidden heritage to national notice, through our partnership with English Heritage and their Disability in Time and Place online resource, plus increase understanding and engagement in each locality through hands-on learning opportunities developed in partnership with local organisations. We are hoping that if we are successful in achieving funding we will work with communities in Bristol as one of the locations for this new project.

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