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National Museum of Scotland - Learning Centre

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

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Introduction

  • Services/facilities within the venue include a Auditorium, Seminar Room and Studios.

Getting Here

Public Parking

  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • There is a/are clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Chambers Street.
    • There are not parking charges for the on street Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Standard on street parking is available.
    • The standard on street parking is located on Chambers Street.
  • Public Car Park View
    • There is a car park for public use within approximately 200m (219yd).
    • The public car park is located on Chambers Street.
    • The name of the car park is Chambers Street.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are not available.
  • There are not mobility aids available.
  • Large print labels and gallery guides are available on request.

Entrance (Learning Centre - Level 1 Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the Discoveries area on Level 1.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 220cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further entrance to the right here for the stairs and lift.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the majority of the building.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to the Level 1 toilets.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • There is/are 3 unmarked step(s), with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the Level 1 toilets.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The level changes can be seen in photographs 1 and 2.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet, tiles and laminate.
    • 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.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via stairs and lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is not consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.

Auditorium

  • Directional and locational signage for the auditorium is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the auditorium is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the auditorium.
  • The door opening width is 75cm+ for the auditorium.
  • The door for the auditorium is not push pad activated.
  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front of the auditorium.
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker's area at the front of the auditorium.
  • There is staggered seating within the auditorium.
  • Handrails are located on either side of the auditorium.
  • There is a fixed hearing assistance system for the auditorium.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the auditorium.
  • There is fixed furniture within the auditorium.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There are chairs with armrests on both sides within the auditorium.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the auditorium.
  • Floor coverings in the auditorium are even with no trip hazards.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the main entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Learning Centre)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the learning centre.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Gallery lifts.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 137cm x 150cm (4ft 6in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Seminar Room

  • Directional and locational signage for the room is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room.
  • The door opening width is 75cm+ for the room.
  • The door for the room is not push pad activated.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room.
  • There is no fixed furniture within the room.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room is 75cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is not a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the room.
  • Floor coverings in the room are even with no trip hazards.

Studio 1

  • Directional and locational signage for the room is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room.
  • The door opening width is 75cm+ for the room.
  • The door for the room is not push pad activated.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room.
  • There is no fixed furniture within the room.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room is 70cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is not a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the room.
  • Floor coverings in the room are even with no trip hazards.

Studio 2

  • Directional and locational signage for the room is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room.
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room.
  • The door for the room is not push pad activated.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system for the room.
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room.
  • There is not fixed furniture within the room.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room is 72cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is not a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the room.
  • Floor coverings in the room are even with no trip hazards.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Learning Centre - Level 1)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of Level 1.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Learning Centre entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 214cm x 220cm (7ft x 7ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 146cm (4ft 9in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 114cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 71cm (2ft 4in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 109cm (3ft 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 dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Learning Centre - Level 4)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on Level 4, next to Studios 1 and 2.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Learning Centre lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 214cm x 220cm (7ft x 7ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 146cm (4ft 9in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 112cm and 185cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a lid.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 89cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 97cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 99cm (3ft 3in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Learning Centre)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear of Level 1.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Learning Centre entrance.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • There is not a lowered urinal in the male toilet(s).
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • There is not a lowered wash basin.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are further standard toilets on Level 4.

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