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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Downing Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3ER
01223 333 538
01223 333 536

Access Issues

Mr Colin Lomas
01223 339 286
01223 333 503

Location, Services and Transport

Downing Site. See separate entry for Downing Site.

General Information

Self-funded research Institute, linked to the Division of Archaeology. See separate entry for Division of Archaeology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Spread over Courtyard and West buildings, which are close to each other and to the main Archaeology and Anthropology Faculty building.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

Several first aiders in the building. All carry pagers and phones.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs fitted in both buildings.

Physical Access


Ramped entrance to Courtyard building, through wide double doors. Level access to West building. Security keypad entry, and bell for assistance.

Number of floors

Four floors in both buildings.

Lifts and stairs

Large lifts in Courtyard and West Buildings.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar rooms in both buildings either ground floor or accessible by lift. All level and spacious, with moveable furniture.


Haddon library is on first floor of main faculty building. Accessible by lift, but first-time users please arrange in advance.

Computer facilities

Graduate computer room located within basement of the Courtyard building, with lift access.


Disabled toilet on ground floor of Courtyard building.

Common rooms

Common room on ground floor of Courtyard building, with small kitchen and tea and coffee making facilities.


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


  • Temporary ramps, if needed, kept in the 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 the institute and in the museum.


  • Museum has very good lighting, with mostly large and clear signs and information.
  • Stairs in both buildings are marked, and have continuous handrails. Touch-readable buttons in lift.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops in library and seminar rooms.

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 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Institute. This page was last updated on 5th December 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Institute for Archaeological Research.