Sheldonian Theatre Page 2

reception

Reception

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There is a small reception desk where you can buy tickets and chat to a member of staff, and pick up information.

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stairs

Stairs

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There are quite a few staircases in the Sheldonian but all have old wooden stairs.  Some have a tactile strip but most are just plain wood and the contrast is pretty poor too.

There are bannisters throughout, although again these are original and on the left hand side as you ascend, they are quite chunky and might be hard to grab for those that need them.

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doors

Doors

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There are of course many different types of door in this building. Most are held open to allow free flow around the corridors.  They are wooden panel doors; some have vision panels others do not.

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lecture theatre

Lecture Theatres

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The main space is used for ceremonial University events but more commonly concerts, meetings, lectures and talks.

The ground floor is accessible via the alternative entrance and through a doorway on the left hand side.  There is flexible seating for such events.

In order to reach tiered seating or additional floors you need to able to manage stairs.

On occasion the large main doors directly onto the main space will be open, in this scenario when appropriate the staff will put down a temporary ramp to overcome the large step.

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common room

Common Rooms

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There is a small common room located in the basement; this is occasionally used for receptions.  As with the rest of the buildings this is only accessible to those who are ambulant.  There are a few semi circular steps down from the stairwell to the main room.  There is no railing and no tactile edging although there is high contrast edging.  The doors do however have a large vision panel and will be held open for an event.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Doorbell
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes