Old Boys High School

Faculty of History

A picture of the building viewed from the road

This building is partially accessible. The main entrance is at the rear of the building, via a ramp. There is a level route off New Inn Hall Street.

There is no lift in this building, so only the ground floor is accessible via level access. 



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 The building owns one area where a vehicle can be parked.  However, this is kept locked, and must be booked in advance by contacting the department.   This space will not always be available, as it is often used by contractors and University Parks staff on site. Blue Badge holders can park in the disabled parking spaces on George Street.  

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)


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 From street level, there is a wrought iron gate (usually propped open) and two shallow steps up to the building frontage. The main entrance to the faculty is then accessed by two short flights of stone steps with no handrail.  Please note that there is no intercom at the front door, so users requiring assistance should use the side entrance.  

If you require level access to the building, this is accessed via a side entrance on New Inn Hall Street.  Facing the front of the building, follow the signed arrow to New Inn Hall Street (first road on the right hand side).  The back of the building is then accessed via a narrow gate (signed) halfway up the road on the right hand side.  Wheelchair users should note that New Inn Hall Street is rather steep, and they may require assistance. 

Once through the side gate, follow the sloping path to the right, and go around the outside of the lawn area to reach the building.   The external stairs up to this second entrance are wide stone steps with iron handrails both sides.  These follow the stairs only, and run out on reaching the level area in front of the door.

There is also an external stone ramp up to the secondary entrance, and this too has a handrail which runs out once the level area is reached.

When facing the door, there is both swipe card entry and an intercom on the left hand side.  Follow the intercom instructions to contact reception, who will then open the door remotely (this is answered regularly between 9-5 and intermittently outside of these hours).  Swipe card users can also open the door automatically.   This is a large powered door which opens outwards.  One side of this door is wide enough for most manual wheelchairs.  The second side of the door can be opened by a member of the reception team in order to accommodate larger wheeled vehicles.

To exit the building, press the green exit button on the right hand side of the door, which will then open automatically. 

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Accessible toilets

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There is only one accessible toilet. This is located on the ground floor, down the corridor to the left of the accessible entrance. See floor plan for detailed location.

In addition there is an ambulant disabled toilet within the main toilet block opposite the Colin Matthew room on the ground floor. 


Standard toilets

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There are gender neutral toilets, and one ambulant disabled toilet opposite the Colin Matthew room on the ground floor. From the accessible entrance, go down the corridor on your immediate left, and they are on the right hand side.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a static loop in the lecture theatre, and a portable system for use in the seminar rooms is available by contacting the department in advance.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 8.30-19.30
Saturday 8.30-19.30
Sunday 8.30-19.30

Vacation time

Same as term time hours


Public Holidays
Christmas Eve to New Year's Day

Accessible Hours

Reception is staffed from 8.45-17.00


Inaccessible areas

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There is no lift to the first floor, so this may be inaccessible for some.


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 2
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes