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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Access Issues Contact

Jane Woods
01223 339 288
01223 333 503

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site. See separate entry for Downing Site.

General Information

Part I is mostly taught in the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms. Part II is taught in the main Faculty building, though there is some overlap with related Departments. See also entries for Department of Social Anthropology, Department of Biological Anthropology, the McDonald Institute and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

Several first aiders in the department, museum and library. All carry mobile phones.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs fitted in all buildings.

Physical Access


Four steps to main entrance, through heavy doors. Access for wheelchair users via new Downing Street entrance, with swipe card. First time users please call in advance to arrange. Ramped access to faculty building also possible via museum when open.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Large lift in museum gives access to both museum and library. Staircases have one continuous handrail.

Lecture theatres

North and South lecture rooms have steps up, but wheelchair access is possible from Downing Street or via the museum. Level and spacious inside, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Some teaching takes place in McDonald Institute West building, which has good access. See separate entry for McDonald Institute.


The Haddon library is on the first floor of the faculty building. The museum lift now gives access to all areas of the library.

Computer facilities

Some computers in library. Graduate computer room is located in the Courtyard building, which has ramp and lift access.


Disabled toilet on ground floor of McDonald Institute Courtyard building. Toilets in museum are large, but not specifically adapted for disabled users.

Common rooms

Ground floor of faculty building, accessible from the Downing Street entrance or the museum.


See separate entry for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Temporary ramps at entrance. Spacious inside, and mostly level and smooth. Large lift to all three floors.


  • Temporary ramps, if needed, kept in the McDonald Institute Courtyard building.

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.

Library and magnification equipment

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

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs around department and in museum.


  • Museum has very good lighting, with mostly large and clear signs and information.
  • Stairs are generally unmarked, but have handrails.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in North and South lecture theatres, in library, and in West building seminar room and McDonald Institute seminar room.


  • 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.

Other useful information

Hands-on field work is an important part of the Archaeology course, and the faculty would make all possible arrangements to enable those with disabilities to take part in the field trips and field work which form part of the course.

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