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reception

Reception

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There is no reception as such but to the right hand side of the shop/mezzanine area is a small desk where a member of staff can be found, although you will see a member of staff on or near the doors that are always lovely and helpful!

The guides have accessible route leaflets to guide disabled users through the collection and can provide assistance to use the platform lift and provide torches and magnifying glasses where appropriate.   

There is a departmental reception desk located adjacent to the entrance on Robinson Close.

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stairs

Stairs

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There is a small flight of steps down to the ground floor from the main entrance, they have tactile strips and there is a central railing and both a right and left hand side railing and good lighting.

To travel between floors there is staircase located in the newer extension to the right of the lift.  This staircase has tactile edging and a continuous handrail on both the left and right hand side.

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doors

Doors

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The Pitt rivers museum is a series of open galleries.  There aren’t really any doors.  To gain entry to the galleries there is a large glass door that is held open opposite the lift on each floor.

The seminar rooms have large doors but will be held open in the case of events.

The Balfour library has a large door but the receptionist is visable and the office on the ground floor corridor is adjacent and someone can assist from either of these locations.

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Galleries

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On the ground floor, exhibits are arranged in display cases around three sides of the room with a broad corridor and a central exhbition cases. There is a clear wide corridoor around the outer edge.  Exhibits in the side area are in large glass cases.  Due to the historic nature of the building areas of the floor contain Victorian floor metal grids that may be a trip hazard for those with a mobility issue who use a walking aid such as a long cane.

In the large central area on the ground floor, exhibits are large wooden cases.  Space is tight to navigate between cases, museum staff can give you a 'best route' leaflet for wheelchair users, and all visitors should be aware that it can get very crowded and noisy on busy days!  

There is also an featured exhibition space with plenty of space to move between exhibits.

There are seats available around the galleries to rest.

The main galleries upstairs follow the same pattern as those downstairs, with exhibits in tall wooden cases.  

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lecture theatre

Lecture Theatres

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The main lecture theatre is located on the left hand side down the corridor that leads directly from the doors out of the main museum into the annexe. The furniture is flexible and the doors will be held open for events and teaching.

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seminar room

Seminar Rooms

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There is a large seminar space located in the room at the end of the corridor to the left as you enter the annexe from the museum (past the toilet blocks).  There is a large table and chairs and a small kitchenette.

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library

Library

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The Balfour Library is on the first floor of the museum. Most visitors to the library use the museum’s secondary entrance on Robinson Close (reached from South Parks Road). There is a large manually operated door here. This entrance is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm and has a reception that is staffed during these hours. Once inside there is level access to a passenger lift. The lift has a wide doorway, is spacious inside, has grab rails, tactile buttons, and audio and visual information. There are also stairs with contrasting markings on the edges, and continuous hand rails both sides.

You can also access the library by coming through the University Museum to the main entrance to the Pitt Rivers. Please note that if you require step free access you will need to use the platform lift at the Pitt Rivers entrance to get down to the ground floor, and then the passenger lift to get up to the library.  This is a longer route but will be easier if you need to use the accessible parking which is at the front of University Museum. 

The entrance to the library on the first floor is access controlled. You will need to use the intercom to gain access - unfortunately this is currently too high for many wheelchair users to reach comfortably. The library will be altering this in the near future - the Access Guide will be updated once this has happened. In the meantime, please alert a member of staff either in advance, or at either entrance to the museum.

The door to get into the library is manually operated. Once inside you will see some of the collection on shelves in the corridor ahead of you. The first room to the right contains the main collection, as well as the library information desk. The books are on sliding stacks - staff will be happy to help if you are unable to operate these, or if you are unable to reach the books that are high up. There are also 2 desks available for use here - these are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath.

There is a small reading room which has desk space as well as more of the library collection. The desks are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath.  If this room is in use there is alternative working space available in the central research rooms. This must be arranged with a member of staff as the research rooms have secure access.

The library has an accessible toilet.

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gift shop

Gift Shop

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The gift shop area is on the mezzanine as you pass through the main entrance.  Space between the merchandise could be tight for some wheelchair users, and the counter is at waist height.

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adapted furniture

Specialist equipment

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The museum doesn’t have any adapted furniture although there sporadic resting chairs around the galleries.

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