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National Museum of Rural Life - Getting Around The Farm

Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

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Introduction

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/near by.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located to the rear of the main building.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.

Parking

Barn

  • The barn is located to the right from the Farm Explorer bus stop drop off.
  • There is a moderate slope up to the barn with a tarmac surface.
  • There are soft disinfectant wet mats to cross before the slope.
  • The barn area is surrounded by rounded metal style farm gates with spaces to suit all heights (shown in photographs 4 and 6).

New Barn

  • The new barn is located beyond the main barn.
  • There is a level concrete surface to and throughout the area.
  • This barn offers sheltered animal viewing.
  • The fencing gates have bars at suitable heights for all visitors.

Chicken Run

  • The chicken run is located down to the left before the farm buildings courtyard.
  • There is an easy slope over a compact earth surface.
  • The area is surrounded with wire mesh and a wooden gate to the left which is not for public access.

Pigsty

  • The pigsty is located to the rear of the toilet block.
  • There are clear windows on the gates and a farm gate gives clear views of the field.
  • There is an easy slope down to the gate.
  • There are also some pigs in the field opposite the Farm Explorer bus stop.

Outside Access (Milking Byre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right as you enter the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).

Inside Access (Milking Byre)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is concrete and metal plates.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are provided in some corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • Comments View
    • There is a moderate slope on the walkway to the spectators area of the milking barn.
    • The slope is 103cm in width and offers rounded handrails on both sides.
    • Some side and rear areas of the spectators area have a metal grid surface.

Outside Access (Threshing Barn and Cart Shed Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear right as you enter the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 94cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 1 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 8cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Inside Access (Threshing Barn and Cart Shed)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is stone.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

Gig Shed Gate

  • The gig shed is located in the far right corner of the courtyard, adjacent to the threshing barn entrance.
  • Animals can be viewed and possibly petted from the wide farm gate which covers the barn doors.
  • There is a shallow height wet soft disinfectant mat in front of the centre of the viewing gate.

Outside Access (Stables Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the slope is very easy.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an uneven lip to the concrete ramp from the surrounding ground in the courtyard.

Inside Access (Stables)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is concrete.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are low.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

Outside Access (Small Byre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear left of the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the slope is very easy.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp has a slightly uneven edge from the ground.

Outside Access (Bothy Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear left of the courtyard, adjoining the farmhouse.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a shallow step in front of the entrance.

Inside Access (Small Byre)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is stone.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is poor colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are low.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • Comments View
    • The 94cm wide central floor strip is the only area to be accessed in this barn.
    • There are shallow steps to troughs on either side of the walkway where farm animals only would be allowed.

Inside Access (Bothy)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • There are corridors/walkways with a surface width of less than 120cm (excluding any permanent obstructions over a small distance).
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is stone and concrete.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • There is poor colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
    • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

Play Park and Picnic Tables

  • The play park is located opposite the museum across Philipshill Road, left of the path to the farm.
  • There is a gate that opens away from you (push).
  • The width of the opening is 122cm.
  • There is a grass surface throughout the park.
  • There is an easy to moderate slope leading down through the park.
  • There are some steps to some play equipment.
  • There is 1 shallow step to the left side of the tractor, with easier access from the other side.
  • There is a deep step to access the tractor seat.
  • The surface around the tractor is rubber and concrete.
  • There are fixed seating standard picnic table benches located troughout the park.
  • There is a grass surface to and around the picnic table benches.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the toilet block near the Farm Explorer bus stop or on the ground floor of the museum.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located in the toilet block near the bus stop, or the ground floor of the museum.