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Hitchin British Schools Museum - First Floor Building

41-42 Queens Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9TS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a museum.
  • Related link Hitchin British Schools Museum - Ground Floor Building.
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Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Hitchin.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is ASDA Car Park.
    • The car park is located opposite the venue on Queens Street.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The ASDA car park has free parking limited to 60 minutes, however there is a public car park near the market around 300 metres away.

Approach

  • There is a slope leading from the courtyard next to the accessible toilet which has a moderate gradient with no handrails. The width of the ramp is 97cm.
  • This then leads to a long moderate slope with handrails on both sides. The width of the slope here is over 150cm.
  • As you reach the end of the ramp there is two steps which are shallow and can be bypassed using a portable ramp as shown in photograph 5.
  • The portable ramp has a moderate gradient and measures 78cm in width.
  • You must notify the museum in advance for the portable ramp to be put down.

Outside Access (Historical Classrooms 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 permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).

Level Change (Historical Classrooms Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 9 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • Comments View
    • Some of the steps are clearly marked and have a handrail in the centre.

Outside Access (The Gallery 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 permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).

Level Change (The Gallery)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located just before you approach the entrance.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.

Classroom One

  • Classroom one is accessed via the Historical Classrooms entrance or via the World at War classroom entrance.
  • The room is set out how a period classroom would have looked after the Second World War.
  • There is space between the desks to move around freely.

World At War Classroom

  • The World at War classroom is between classroom one and the Edwardian classroom. There are doors between the classrooms.
  • The classroom is set out like a classroom during war time with space to move around the desks.

Edwardian Classroom

  • The Edwardian classroom is between the World at War classroom and the Gallery classroom. There are doors between the two classrooms.
  • The Edwardian classroom is laid out as it would have been during this period with ample space to move around the desks.

The Gallery Classroom

  • The Gallery classroom is located next to the Edwardian classroom and the Gallery entrance. There are doors between the two classrooms
  • The gallery classroom has some raised seating which would require the use of several steps. However, there is space at the front of the classroom to move around.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.
  • Comments View
    • There nearest accessible toilet will be on the ground floor level near the entrance.

Standard Toilet(s) (Victorian Toilets)

Level Change (Victorian Toilets)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 2 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).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested 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 at the front of the building.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • Comments View
    • A video tour is available in the ground floor reception area.