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.

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 exemptions listed in the ‘Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations’ section below.

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 and updated on 8 July 2021.

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