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Ongoing work

Internal training

The DGPC has devised an internal training programme on accessibility to heritage for employees whose work has to do with accessibility issues.

In 2013 the program was targeted to the employees of the Central Services – Department of Studies, Projects, Works, and Supervision (DEPOF), Division of Documentation, Communication, and Information Technology (DDCI), and Department of Museums and Accreditation (DMC).

For 2014 we predict that the program will be extended to the Dependent Services (Monuments, Palaces and Museums) and to entities from the Portuguese Museum Network.

Diagnostic study – Accessibility in the dependent services

We are conducting a study on the accessibility conditions of our museums and monuments with the aim of making a systematic analysis of the current situation, identifying the main problems, formulating suggestions to overcome them, and defining priorities for action.

In 2013 the study focused on our Monuments and in 2014 on Palaces and Museums. Because we consider accessibility to be an integrated public service, we have considered 10 priority themes to be examined:1 – Building; 2 – Location and orientation; 3 – Exhibitions; 4 – Communication and Dissemination; 5 – Safety; 6 – Consulting; 7 – Training; 8 – Employment and volunteering; 9 – Evaluation; 10 – Management policy.

The results of the study will be disclosed in due course.