European Year of Cultural Heritage

10th February 2018

Archaeological park of Pompeii (10:30)

Temporary Museum of Enterprise of the City of Pompeii (14:30)

‘‘EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE 2018’’

Pompeii for All. Accessibility of Archaeological Sites

2018 has been recognised as ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’. A year dedicated through various national initiatives, to the celebration, yet also reflections and debates, on the value that cultural heritage holds for our society and in the different sectors of public and private life.

On the 10th February, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and City of Pompeii will celebrate the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Pompeii for All. Accessibility of Archaeological Sites’, focusing on the theme of accessibility to our cultural heritage, a condition of fundamental importance which is nonetheless not yet taken for granted.

The event, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism, along with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the City of Pompeii, seeks to address the issue of accessibility for people with motor, sensory and cognitive disabilities, as well as inclusion, in order to guarantee the opportunity and right to be citizens in all respects to all persons, without distinction. The actions taken toward overcoming tangible, intangible and digital barriers in many museums, as well as guidelines, good practices and prospects for the future, will also be analysed.

At 10:30 at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, the extension to the ‘Pompeii for All’ itinerary will be presented, which is an itinerary designed to facilitate visits for people with mobility difficulties, including a visit to the House of the Geometric Mosaics with the Courtyard of the Moray Eels, and the new experimental system of WITH-Me bracelets, for an accessible, inclusive and safe visit. The bracelet worn by the disabled visitor, is able to send signals through electronic identity to a central server that then processes them and carries out actions aimed at safeguarding visitors. The itinerary ‘Pompeii for All’, carried out under the Great Pompeii Project and co-funded by the European Union, has already distinguished itself as a model of accessibility, allowing anyone - without exclusions and barriers - to be able to benefit from common archaeological heritage, experimenting with new technological supports.

The Paralympic Defence Sports Group (GSPD) and the Guardia di Finanza Fiamme Gialle Paralympic Sports Group will attend the event.

At 14:30, at the Temporary Museum of Enterprise of the City of Pompeii, in Piazza Bartolo Longo, a European conference will speak on the state of accessibility to cultural heritage in Italy and Europe.

For information and accreditations: pompei.ufficiostampa@beniculturali.it 

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