Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement for British History Online

This statement applies to the website British History Online, under the domain

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 500% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • 'Skip to main content' using tab on your keyboard
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader
  • Navigate most of our online forms using just a keyboard

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. AbilityNet is a UK charity that exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren't fully accessible:

  • You can't modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Some of our online forms may be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • Some of our pages don't have the correct heading structure

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, contact:

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. Please contact us using our email address above if you:

  • Need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille
  • Find any problems that are not listed on this page
  • Think we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations

We’ll consider your message and get back to you in 20 working days outside of our scheduled University closure days.

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

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

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

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Issues with technology

There are a number of technical accessibility issues with our website that are being addressed as part of ongoing website development and enhancement programme. We are taking an agile approach to the ongoing development of our website and as such these issues will be identified and fixed through continuous updates.

Issues with interactive tools and transactions

The colour contrast on some parts of our website may be too low.

How we tested this website

Our website was tested as it was built in 2014. Since then, the WCAG guidelines have changed and so we carry out regular manual checks as well as running automated tests.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are committed to improving accessibility across our website. Accessibility is central to our ongoing plans to redevelop the site. While this is happening we continue to listen to and respond to feedback and carry out the tests mentioned above.

This statement was prepared on 28 October 2019.