Services at Staffordshire Record Office for Users with Disabilities
Car Parking - Staffordshire Record Office has two designated car parking spaces for blue/orange badge holders. These are situated directly opposite our main entrance gate. Please contact us for further information about how to access these spaces.
Access to Building - the courtyard entrance/approach to the Record Office is level with ramp access to the main doors, which are automatic. There is a slight slope from the County Councillors' car park to the Record Office courtyard entrance. All visitor facilities are situated on the ground floor. Our emergency exit from the building also has ramp access.
Booking Appointments - when making your booking, please advise our staff if you have any particular special needs, as this helps us to ensure that you have what you need during your visit.
Please let us know if :
you are a wheelchair user and would benefit from having more space around your table;
you would like a height adjustable table;
you are being accompanied by a companion or carer;
you need a microform reader nearer to the microform cabinets;
you need a particular seat;
you would like a seat with arms.
Lavatories - both our ladies' and gentlemen's public lavatories have facilities for people with disabilities.
Refreshment Areas - a drinks' machine and a seating area are provided in our main entrance hall.
Aural Impairment - If you prefer to contact us by text phone, the number is 01785-278376. You may prefer to email us on email@example.com. Our main reception/counter area is fitted with a hearing loop. One of the members of our reading room team is qualified to BSL Level 1. In addition, the Learning and Archives Resource Centre is equipped with a hearing loop, which is available for use at talks and group visits.
Visual Impairment - Many of our information leaflets are available either in large print or in Braille. If you prefer to receive these, then please inform us. We have a "Video Light", which can be used to enlarge images of original documents so that they can be viewed on a screen. Magnifying sheets are also available for use with documents on request. All of our public computers have text reading software installed. This allows the screen to be magnified or put on a different colour setting for people with particular visual impairments. We have high magnification lenses available for use with our microfiche readers, please ask if you wish to use this facility.
Emergencies - if you are visiting one of our offices and would benefit from assistance in evacuating the building in the event of an emergency please indicate this to a member of staff on arrival. We have two types of pager available for use by people with disabilities, as follows:
A pager that is linked to the fire alarm and can be issued to readers with hearing impairments for use in the reading room. We have two of these pagers available.
A 'man down' pager for use by someone who might be in a wheelchair or may need to request assistance from a helper. This consists of a pager worn by the person needing help and a second one worn by the designated helper.
Height adjustable tables - we have three such tables available for readers. Two are in our document reading room and one in our microform reading room. They are electrically operated and can be adjusted quite easily.