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Department of Social Anthropology


Contact and Access Issues


Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RF


01223 334 599


01223 335 993



Locations, Services and Transport

The Department of Social Anthropology is located on the New Museums Site, with the main entrance on Free School Lane. Further accessibility information can be found on the AccessAble website and app.

Alternatively the New Museums Site access map shows the access facilities for disabled staff, students and visitors on the New Museums Site. The map is 816 KB in size. If you are unable to print the map or require it in a large size, please contact the contact listed above or write to Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RF


General Information

The Social Anthropology building is spread over four floors.


No smoking anywhere in the building

Medical facilities
First aiders on site.

Emergency procedures
No evacuation chairs or other specific evacuation facilities, but there is no lift access to the upper floors.


Physical Access


Main entrance on Free School Lane has four steps down and no handrail. Level access from back entrance in New Museums Site, through wide double doors - New Museums Site access map.

Number of floors

Four floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

No lift. Stairs have continuous handrail on one side.

Lecture theatres
 and teachign rooms
Lecture room is at ground level, with easy access from back entrance, plenty of space, and moveable furniture.

Small teaching room on second floor, accessed by stairs only.


Haddon Library is on Downing Site. Lift access available, but first-time visitors please arrange in advance.

Computer facilities
Computer room for postgraduate students is in basement, with access only by stairs.


Disabled toilet opposite back entrance, in Phoenix building.

Common rooms

Ground floor common room, with wide door and moveable furniture.


Museum of Archeaology and Anthropology on Downing Site. Ramped access, spacious and level inside, with large lift to all floors.


Reception at ground level.

Photocopier at ground level.


Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment
Extra lights on individual desks in library. Magnifying glasses and sheets available in library. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs. The Social Anthropology building is small, and wayfinding is not a problem.


Rooms are small, with soft furnishings and carpets.


Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Currently not available.


Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer, Dorothy Searle ().


Disability Resource Centre

The University’s Disability Resource Centre can provide further information and advice on disability issues.