The Oxford Road Corridor scheme means it is now easier to journey to the Whitworth by public transport, walking or cycling - we encourage staff and visitors to travel sustainably.
Even before you have arrived, we actively encourage visitors to travel to the Whitworth in a sustainable way; as we have no car park, the ‘Visit’ information and maps on our website guide visitors to reach us by walking, cycling and public transport. We encourage the schools on our doorstep, and other local visitors to walk to us where possible. We promote use of the improved cycle routes installed across the city and have provided Sheffield bike stands for visitors near to the Oxford Road entrance gates. During University Freshers’ week, our student Coordinator organised a ‘Cycle Flash-mob’ event with an art theme to inspire new arrivals to the University to engage with the gallery, and we have supported the University’s Sustainability Team by organizing a cycling event on the terrace at the front of the building.
In accordance with University wide practice, we offer staff bicycle and public transport finance schemes, ban domestic flights, book train travel via a central monitored system, and encourage video conferencing and Skype. A secure bike store, lockers, and showers were installed as part of the capital development; pool bikes are available for staff cyclists, while cycling groups, and safe cycling training help encourage cycling to work.
In terms of our collections we are committed via the Museum Association’s Smarter Loans Programme, to sharing transport of objects and couriers with other local museums and galleries, using part-loads and asking the transport companies we use to think sustainably. The Whitworth’s own van falls within Vehicle Excise Duty bands A or B, and our drivers have been trained in sustainable driving techniques, which used less fuel and reduces wear and tear to the vehicle.