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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Pembroke Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3DZ
01223 335 454
01223 335 460

Access Issues

Mr David Jordan
01223 335 462
01223 335 460

Location, Services and Transport

Located on New Museums Site, with main entrance off Pembroke Street. See separate entry for New Museums Site.

General Information

Part of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology. See separate entry for Department of Archaeology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies is a related research centre on Tennis Court Road.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders in building and on site.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs on every floor.

Physical Access


Main entrance on Pembroke Street has many steps and no handrail. Bell for assistance. Ramped entrance at back to basement, through two sets of doors, with lift to all floors. Arrange in advance.

Number of floors

Over four floors. Building shared with the Department of Materials Science and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Lifts and stairs

Rather small but modern lift to all floors. Stairs are old and worn, with a continuous handrail on one side.

Lecture theatres

Small lecture theatre, with level access from lift. Tiered wood bench seating, with room for a wheelchair or other chair at the front.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Teaching labs are smooth and spacious, with level access from lift. Seminar room carpeted and spacious, with moveable furniture.


The Haddon library is on the first floor of the main faculty building on the Downing Site. Lift access, but please arrange in advance.

Computer facilities

Level access from lift. Keypad security. Spacious and carpetted.


No disabled toilets in building. Other toilets are small and up one step from the lift, with heavy doors.

Common rooms

Level access to common room from lift. Key entry.


On Downing Site. See separate entry Temporary ramps at entrance. Spacious inside, and mostly level and smooth. Large lift to all three floors.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. Please discuss in advance if you want to bring your assistance dog into a lab.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. Touch readable buttons in lift.

Library and magnification equipment

Extra lights on individual desks in library. Magnifying glass and sheets available in library. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Some signs on individual doors, but no directional signposting.


  • Large plasma screen and good lighting in lecture theatre.
  • Museum has very good lighting, with mostly large and clear signs and information.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Theatre is small and has fairly good acoustics.
  • Museum is open plan with hard floors and furnishings, so can be quite echoey.
  • Library is carpeted and softly furnished.

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.

Planned Access Improvements

The fitting of induction loops and the repair of the stairs are currently under consideration.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Biological Anthropology. The ADRC updates information as it is recevied from the Department. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Biological Anthropology.