Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to, run by The National Archives.

Accessibility and inclusion are important to everyone at The National Archives and we want as many people as possible to be able to use

The text should be clear and easy to understand.

You should be able to:

• Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
• Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
• Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
• Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
• Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We are continually working to improve the accessibility of our digital services, and to develop our skills in relevant standards and techniques.

If you have an accessibility need and would like to participate in user testing as we make improvements to our website, email

How accessible is this website?

Some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

• Some rich functionality which is provided by JavaScript has not been implemented in a way that is accessible
• Compatibility of forms with assistive technology needs to be improved
• Keyboard navigation needs to be improved

Specific non-compliances are listed below.

Feedback, contact information and reporting accessibility problems

If you need information on this website in a different format, for example accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or Braille, email or call 020 8876 3444. We will respond to your request within 10 working days.

You can also use these contact details to report accessibility problems with this website.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us or visiting in person

You can contact us by phone, email or Live chat. We provide information about visiting in person. People with health conditions or impairments that may impact their visit can find out more.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The National Archives is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

Designers and developers from The National Archives Digital Services team tested the following sample pages. These pages constitute all the services run by the Web Archiving department that are not exempt under the accessibility regulations.

Based on this testing, we know that the content listed below is non-compliant with the accessibility regulations for the following reasons:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

These findings are based on testing on the following sections of the website:

Search (

1. Form controls are missing labels that describe their purpose
2. Hyperlink that appears in ‘Or view our A-Z list’ does not meet minimum contrast requirements
3. Headings are not presented in sequentially-descending order
4. The JavaScript tooltip implementation on this page is not accessible
5. The JavaScript which manages ‘back to top’ uses an empty link
6. The search forms should be decorated with the ARIA search role

Social Media Archive Search (

7. Form elements are missing labels
8. Headings are not presented in sequentially-descending order
9. The JavaScript which manages ‘back to top’ uses an empty link
10. The search form should be decorated with the ARIA search role

Twitter Archives (

11. Form elements missing labels
12. An empty button
13. Multiple level 1 headings
14. Multiple main elements
15. Headings not presented in sequentially-descending order
16. The focus states of elements are hard to discern
17. The controls that switch between grid and list view are not keyboard accessible
18. Issues related to the control that filters Twitter shown on the page:
a. Entering text into this control changes the content of other regions within the page.
b. The inclusion of a search button seems redundant and is likely to cause confusion for users
19. Performance issues arising from insufficient image optimisation

Video Archive and Flickr Archives ( and

These sites exhibit similar issues to those detailed for above.

GOV.UK (*/

20. The JavaScript which manages ‘back to top’ uses an empty link
21. Multiple level 1 headings
22. Multiple main elements
23. Level 2 headings do not meet minimum contrast requirements
24. Headings are not presented in sequentially descending order
25. Issues with the accordion implementation:
a. Semantics used in the accordion implementation need improvement. For example:
i. clickable panels lack semantics and would commonly be marked up as headings that contain focusable elements
ii. paragraphs are used where lists would be more appropriate
b. Accordion controls are not keyboard accessible
c. The current implementation results in keyboard users tabbing through links which are hidden
d. As this feature is a JavaScript driven experience it needs to be enhanced using ARIA authoring practices
e. Some headings are presented to users with no descendant content

EU Exit Web Archive (

26. Multiple level 1 headings
27. The ‘EU Exit Web Archive’ link is implemented as a heading level 4
28. A meta tag is included that prevents zooming
29. There is a heading level 3 on the page that is styled to look like a hyperlink
30. There is an inconsistency when communicating to users that a link opens in a new window

EU Exit Web Legal Content (*/

This site exhibits similar issues to those detailed above for*/

We have prioritised these issues based the complexity of the fixes needed for them.

We are currently working on fixing issues 1-3, 6-8, 10-11, 13-15, 18.b, 21-24, 25.a.ii, 25.e, 26 and 28-30 by 24 September 2020.

We are working on fixing issues 4-5, 9, 12, 16-18.a, 19-20, 25.a.i, 25.b-25.d and 27 by 31 March 2021.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

• PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018
• Live video
• The content in our web archive collections which was captured on or before 24 September 2019 is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations under Section 4(2)(h) by virtue of being part of an archive
• Content captured after this date is exempt under Section 4(2)(f)(i) because reproductions of items in heritage collections, that cannot be made fully accessible because of the incompatibility of the accessibility requirement with either the preservation of the item concerned or the authenticity of the reproduction, are exempt

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17 September 2020.

The website was tested in-house in August 2020 using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE), Google Lighthouse and our best professional judgement.