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Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial - Buildings 1 to 11

Halifax Way, Elvington, York, YO41 4AU

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Introduction

Opening Times (April - September)

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

Opening Times (October - March)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is York.
  • Comments View
    • The museum is situated on the old RAF Elvington airfield.
    • The museum exhibitions are situated in various different buildings around the airfield.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 6 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 286cm x 475cm (9ft 5in x 15ft 7in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 13m (14yd 8in) from the 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 21m (22yd 2ft) from the 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The blue badge bays are in front of the Airborne Forces Display and 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room (Building 1).
    • The blue badge bays are at different distances from the buildings throughout the site.
    • The Airmen's Billet (Building 14) is the furthest building from the car park.
    • The nearest bay is 80m from the Airmen's Billet entrance.
    • The furthest bay is 91m from the Airmen's Billet entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 370cm (12ft 2in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Reception (Ticket Office)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • All visitors must stop at the Guard House to purchase tickets for entry.
    • Vehicles must stop before proceeding to the car park.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 122cm (4ft).

Outside Access (Building 1 - 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 129cm (4ft 3in).

Level Change (Building 1 - 609 (West Riding) Squadron Room Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the entrance, and in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 126cm (4ft 2in).

Outside Access (Building 1 - Airborne Forces Display Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of building 1.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are light.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a third doorway.
    • The third doorway does not have any doors.
    • The width of the entrance is 74cm.

Level Change (Building 1 - Airborne Forces Display Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Building 2 - Uniform Display Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of Building 2.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are light.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 2 - Uniform Display Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Outside Access (Building 3 - Air Gunner's Exhibition Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 3 - Air Gunner's Exhibition Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to both sides of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • The handrail is only located at the top of the ramp.
    • The handrail is on the right going up from the left as you face the entrance, and on the left going up from the right as you face the entrance.

Outside Access (Building 4 - Gasbags and Super Zeppelins Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).

Level Change (Building 4 - Gasbags and Super Zeppelins Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 70cm (2ft 4in).

Outside Access (Building 5 - Gift Shop Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 63cm (2ft 1in).

Level Change (Building 5 - Gift Shop Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Counter (Building 5 - Gift Shop)

  • The counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the entrance.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • The height of the counter is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • There is not a lowered section.
  • The height of the counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manouevre in the Gift Shop.

Outside Access (Building 6 - Chapel Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 71cm (2ft 4in).

Outside Access (Building 9 - Bomber Command Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 129cm (4ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a third set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening entrance is 128cm.

Level Change (Building 9 - Bomber Command Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Cinema (Building 9 - Astra Cinema)

  • The cinema has 1 screens.
  • All screens have level access.
  • Seating and additional access information View
    • There are not designated spaces for wheelchair users.
    • This venue does not have audio description.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
    • Subtitles are not available.
    • Assistance dogs are allowed in the cinema.
  • Comments View
    • The cinema is located at the rear of Building 9 - Bomber Command.
    • The cinema shows a documentary about Bomber Command, which is on a continual loop.

Outside Access (Building 11 - NAAFI Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 127cm (4ft 2in).

Level Change (Building 11 - NAAFI Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Eating and Drinking (Building 11 - NAAFI)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located ahead as you enter Building 11.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Building 11 - NAAFI entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played throughout the external areas of the venue from the tannoy system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • Some of the buildings have automated audio guides and ambient sounds which activate on entry.

Museum

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow the wheelchair, please speak to a member of staff at the reception building, or one of the guides.
  • Comments View
    • There are interactive exhibits in the Bomber Command and Pioneers of Aviation exhibitions.
    • The interactive exhibit in the Bomber Command exhibition is not touchscreen.
    • The height to the top of the desk is 104cm.
    • The mouse is a standard mouse.
    • The height to the top of the screen is 130cm.
    • The Design A Plane interactive exhibit in the Pioneers of Aviation exhibition is touchscreen.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen is 150cm.
    • Some of the exhibits in the hangars can be entered.
    • There are steps to enter the exhibits in the hangars.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps to enter the Dakota in the main hangar (photograph 17), and the Jet Provost Cockpit in the Handley Page hangar (photograph 18) have handrails on both sides.
    • The interior of the Dakota is on a steep gradient (photograph 19).
    • The steps to enter the Canberra cockpit in the Handley Page hangar does not have handrails (photograph 20).
    • The entrance to the Canberra cockpit is small and requires bending while climbing into the cockpit.

Parks and Gardens (Museum Grounds)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy, moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Parks and Gardens (Memorial Gardens)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are easy slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 memorial gardens.
    • The main memorial garden is located at the rear of the administration block, along the path to the Chapel (photographs 1 - 5).
    • The Women's Air Service Memorial is located at the rear of Building 5 - The Gift Shop (photograph 6).
    • The main memorial garden is accessed via a single gate, opening away from you (push), which is light and has a clear opening width or 97cm.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the Building 11 - NAAFI entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter Building 11 - NAAFI.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 300cm (5ft 11in x 9ft 10in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet cubicle.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 95cm (3ft 1in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the main corridor of Building 11 - NAAFI.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Building 11 - NAAFI entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the main corridor of the NAAFI.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the NAAFI entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets available in the Control Tower and Elvington Room.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located in the grounds of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The museum has exhibition and conference facilities available.