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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

1–5 Scroope Terrace,
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge, CB2 1PX
01223 332 975
01223 332 960

Access Issues

Andrew Bennett
01223 332 593

Location, Services and Transport

Main faculty building, shared with Architecture, in Scroope Terrace on Trumpington Street. It is a 5–10 minute walk to the city centre. Teaching also takes place in the Fitzwilliam Museum and in another building on Trumpington Street.


Trumpington Street is extremely busy, with cars in both directions and a complicated junction and mini-roundabout nearby. Pavements are difficult.

Services and shops

City centre. There are several small shops and restaurants on the way up Trumpington Street, and on nearby Lensfield Road.


Limited disabled parking is available at Scroope Terrace by prior arrangement. Some Pay & Display and disabled parking spaces on Trumpington Street, usually full.

Other transport options

Uni 4 and Citi 4 bus stop further up Trumpington Street, towards the city centre.

General Information

The main faculty building is a listed Victorian Terrace, built in 1839. A new extension and refurbishment programme has provided a new lift which has improved access to the main building and library.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider in the building. First aid boxes are available.

Emergency procedures

No evacuation chairs or other facilities currently.

Physical Access


Several steps, with handrail, to front entrance of main building. Ramped access from car park to the rear of the building.

Number of floors

Three floors, plus an attic containing offices.

Lifts and stairs

Staircases all have continuous handrails, but many are steep and difficult.

Lecture theatres

Lecture theatre on ground floor of main building, accessible by ramp and lift from basement rear entrance.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Teaching takes place in main building seminar room, which is accessible by lift, and in a house across the street which has stair access only. Some teaching in the Fitzwilliam Museum, which is fully accessible.


Library recently extended into basement, with a new lift providing access. Rather cramped inside, especially around workspaces, and shelves are high and narrow. Open during office hours, and staff will help.

Computer facilities

Some computers in library.


Disabled toilet in the basement, accessible by lift.

Common rooms

The Gallery, containing the kitchen and vending machines for student use, can be accessed only by a short flight of stairs. There is no staff common room. There is a good, fully accessible café in the Fitzwilliam museum.


Level access to Fitzwilliam Museum through Courtyard entrance, with automatic push-button doors. Lift to all three floors. Disabled toilet. Manual wheelchairs available to borrow.

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, or on different coloured paper, on prior request. The Fitzwilliam Museum provides large print information about exhibitions.

Library and magnification equipment

Library is rather dimly lit. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Few signs currently in the main building. Those that are in place tend to be small. Staff are available at Reception and elsewhere to provide directions.


  • The History of Art course is, by its very nature, a very visual course. It would therefore be difficult for anyone with severe visual impairments. Each case is decided on an individual basis.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loops at Reception and in the History of Art departmental office at Scroope Terrace. There are portable induction loops in the Fitzwilliam Museum, but arrange in advance if you would like to use one.


  • There is some traffic noise in the main building.
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum is rather harshly furnished and echoey, but rubber feet have recently been added to chairs in the cafeteria to prevent screeching.

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 of Art. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 5th December 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of History of Art.