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Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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COVID-19 Information (British Museum)

  • The information in this section was taken in December 2020.
  • All entry is ticketed (for both the free permanent collection and the paid for exhibitions). For more information, please see the Museum's 'Plan Your Visit' page (link below).
  • Currently only selected galleries are open. However, galleries are re-opening all the time. For up to date information on the galleries that are open, please check the Museum's 'Plan Your Visit' page (link below).
  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There are separate doors for entering and exiting.
  • Entry is via Great Russell Street and the exit is via Montague Place.
  • There is a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 91cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • The details here are for the hand sanitiser just inside the Security Check Area entrance (shown in photograph 3). There are hand sanitisers located just inside the main entrance, which are 121 cm high? (photograph 4). There are hand sanitisers located throughout the museum at an average of 120 cm high (photographs 5 - 8).
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • The one-way system is clearly marked/signed.
  • The one-way route is marked via arrows on the floor (photographs 9 - 11) and some free standing signs (photographs 12 - 13). There are also wall-mounted plans showing the route through the museum located in the Great Court. This is also available to view on the website. please see the Museum's 'Plan Your Visit' page (link below). In some areas, it may be necessary for visitors who need to use the lifts to go against the direction of the one-way system. If you are unsure what to do, please speak to a member of the Museum staff. Visitors who want to cut short the tour through the one-way system should speak to a member of the Museum staff to ask about accessing the nearest cut through point.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are marks on the floor around some exhibits indicating where visitors can stand and maintain social distancing whilst viewing the exhibit (shown in photograph 14).
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Not all of the staircases in the museum are open at the moment, and those that are in use are either used to go up or down, depending on where they are in the one-way system. Please check the map on the website or steak to a member of the Museum staff if unsure.
  • Not all of the lifts in the museum are operational at the moment, and those that are in use are either used to go up or down, depending on where they are in the one-way system. Please check the map on the website or steak to a member of the Museum staff if unsure.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The accessible toilets are located in the Great Court, on level 0 and also on level 3. Some other toilets may become available in the future. Please ask a member of the Museum staff for directions to the nearest accessible toilet if you are unsure.
  • The standard toilets are located down the steps from the Great Court. Only a limited number of visitors can access the toilets at one time, so it may be necessary to queue outside the toilet and wait to be called by the Museum staff member located at the entrance (photograph 15).
  • The following areas are currently closed; the cloakrooms, the Information desk, the Audio Guide and Multimedia Guide desk and the 'Hands On' desks. There are also o live events or tours taking place at the Museum.
  • A large print guide of the one-way route, is available to download from the Museum's Accessible Resources page. There are also links there to Soundcloud, to access audio descriptive guides, and YouTube, to access BSL guides. There are also signs around the Museum which QR Codes that can be used to download audio guides or other useful information (shown in photograph 16).
  • Wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow free of charge, but need to be booked in advance. Please see the Museum's Accessibility Around The Museum page for more information on how to book. The wheelchairs are collected just inside the main entrance (photograph 17) and need to be left next to the exit (photograph 18), so they can be cleaned before being used again. A limited number of folding stall are also to borrow, which are collected and dropped off in the same locations as the wheelchairs.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Summary

Reception (Ticket Desk)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the right after the gallery entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the gallery entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The counter is placed in front of a plain background.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are varied.
    • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The clear knee recess has the recommended dimensions of 70cm (height) x 50cm (depth).
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is stone.

Counter (Audio Guide Desk - Only Used For Certain Exhibtions)

  • Counter View
    • The counter is located ahead from the gallery entrance.
    • The counter is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the gallery entrance.
    • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the counter.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the counter which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The counter is placed in front of a plain background.
    • The lighting levels at the counter are varied.
    • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • The type of flooring in this area is stone.

Attraction / Exhibit (Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery)

  • Entrance / Opening View
    • There is a single, manual door with an opening width of 75cm+, which may be difficult to open for access to this area/attraction.
    • The entrance/opening is not clearly signed.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance/opening.
    • Staff are available for assistance with this entrance.
  • Attraction / Exhibit View
    • There is level access throughout this area.
    • Clear directional signage is not provided in this area.
    • The type of flooring in this area is stone.
    • There are resting/seating areas within this area.
    • As this space is used for temporary exhibitions, the layout, design, lighting levels and sound levels will change for each event.
      There are 2 sets of heavy, glass double doors between the first room and the exhibition foyer.
      Some exhibitions are accessed via only one set of doors.
    • There is a good colour contrast between some walls and the floor in this area.
    • The lighting levels in this area are varied.
  • Exit View
    • Visitors exit via a separate set of doors/opening.
    • There are double, manual doors with an opening width of 75cm+, which may be difficult to open when exiting this area/attraction.
    • The exit is step-free.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 identical entrances next to each other to enter the exhibition foyer.
    • There may be a temporary barrier in front of any which are not open.
    • There is an object handling desk 77cm high in the first room.
    • The availability of large print, Braille and audio guides may vary with each exhibition.
    • The exit door leads into the Exhibition Shop.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter the exhibition foyer.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the gallery entrance.
    • There is step-free 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 lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 163cm x 224cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 4in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 not fully functional.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • 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 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 72cm (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.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 88cm.
    • 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 97cm (3ft 2in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located off the Great Court.