Created in 2011 as part of the policy of cultural democratization led by the Ministry of Culture, the Heritage for All Award distinguishes a remarkable approach in terms of generalized accessibility for people with motor disabilities, visual, auditory or mental.
This annual prize is awarded to national heritage establishments or those belonging to local authorities which have implemented a policy of generalized accessibility of quality and of exemplary value for persons with disabilities. It highlights the most innovative achievements in the field of cultural offerings aimed at greater autonomy for people with disabilities, and puts in perspective the ambition of universal accessibility.
The ninth edition of this annual event gave rise to the following awards:
- First prize ex aequo: the Pont-Aven Museum and the Aurignacian Museum
The Pont-Aven Museum and the Aurignacian Museum both present the characteristic of having experienced periods of major renovation and renovation that have enabled them to optimise in a remarkable and substantial way their policy of generalized accessibility.
The Aurignacian Museum reopened in 2014 after ten years of work and now has a new building adapted to its environment. His integrated approach to generalized accessibility enabled him to obtain the “Tourism and Disability” brand in 2018 for all four types of disabilities (hearing, visual, mental and motor). This distinction is obviously the guarantee of a proactive and successful policy.
The Aurignacian Museum has been able to develop adapted guides and visit tools easily accessible to all without exclusive. It is further exemplified by close and regular collaboration with the network of disability associations and local institutional actors. Its action once again reflects the dynamism of our museums in rural areas.
The Pont-Aven Museum reopened in 2016 after a complete overhaul of its infrastructure and equipment. It has been strong since then to ensure the autonomy of the visit via interactive and resolutely modern mediation and communication media, without obviating the importance and relevance of group and “tailor-made” visits.
He made the decisive choice to set up a steering and advisory committee bringing together disability stakeholders before, during and after the renovation work. We must also salute the interest of his actions outside the walls. This museum, which obtained the «Tourism and Disability» mark in 2018 for people with visual and mental disabilities, continues its efforts to fully meet the requirements of widespread accessibility.
- Second prize: the Archives municipales de Saint-Brieuc
The Archives of Saint-Brieuc have made a commitment to solve their difficulties of access to the built environment by programming important structural works in the overall strategy of generalized accessibility of the municipality. The Archives offers an original and attractive approach to cultural rights and citizenship issues. Thus, in 2008, a collaborative accessibility charter was developed with twelve disability associations. This charter is now being extended in an annual event entitled “Spring of Heritage” and proposes many actions within and outside the walls in partnership with civil society and social actors.
These efforts, which reflect the vitality of the Archives network as close as possible to the territory, deserve to be encouraged.
Once again, territories and cultural actors are showing their commitment to fight against all forms of discrimination. The Heritage for All Award attests to the Ministry of Culture’s desire to contribute to strengthening national cohesion and living together.” Franck Riester, Minister of Culture