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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Free School Lane,
Cambridge CB2 3RH
01223 334 500
01223 334 554

Access Issues

Ms Tamara Hug
01223 334 540
01223 334 554

Location, Services and Transport

New Museums Site, with main entrance off Free School Lane. See separate entry for New Museums Site.

General Information

Small, friendly department, with its own Whipple Museum. Some lectures take place in Mill Lane Lecture Rooms or the Arts School. A new lift and disabled toilet have just been fitted.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider in the department.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chair and stairclimber fitted.

Physical Access


Two steps to the main entrance. Temporary ramp available, but call to arrange in advance or ring doorbell for assisted entry.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement. Only the ground floor and basement level are used for teaching.

Lifts and stairs

A lift has recently been installed to enable access to the museum and library levels. There are still steps and stairs to some areas.

Lecture theatres

Most lectures take place in seminar rooms on the ground floor or basement. Some take place in Mill Lane Lecture Rooms or the Arts School — see separate entries.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Ground floor and downstairs seminar rooms accessible, one by lift. Rather cramped, but with moveable furniture.


Next to Whipple Museum. Accessible by lift. Library is relatively new with lift access to all levels, although assistance is required. Staff will fetch books.

Computer facilities

Some computers in common room on top floor, and in first floor Graduate IT room, accessed only by stairs. Also a Graduate IT room on basement level, accessed by lift.


Disabled toilet in Whipple Museum. Toilet near library cramped but accessible by lift. Other toilets are accessible by stairs, and rather small.

Common rooms

Top floor, accessed only by stairs.


Whipple Museum. Lift access to all three levels. Smooth and carpeted inside, with plenty of space.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. There is currently no large print information in museum.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting in library. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Not much signposting, but the department is small. Signs in Whipple Museum are rather small.


  • Good lighting in museum. Handling trolley available.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops in building. Some Mill Lane Lecture Rooms or the theatres in the Arts School have induction loops installed — see separate entries.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 29th May 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.