Website Accessibility

A Guide


Just like the museum, we aim to make the website as accessible as possible. We follow best practice so far as possible. The website comprises around 750 pages and development has to be gradual. We try to incorporate improvements in all new development work.

Our approach

We have regard to and ahere as much as we can to the web content accessibility guidelines published by W3C. There are a number of techniques that we do not use at all or very rarely

We always use an ALT description for every image and these descriptions are written for the information of visually-impaired users. In all new development and updated pages we use the "title" element to provide an image title in addition

The Education Sub-site

The Learning Zone section of the education sub-site is designed for use by children and navigation links are more restricted on the online learnng resource pages. This is to reduce the opportunities for distraction whilst working through the educational material. There is always a link to the education sub-site home page. The education sub-site home page has an option to display the full navigation menu.

Search Facility

The site's search facility is provided by, a leading international external seach service provider. The pages which are displayed giving search results and also alternative site maps, are not fully accessible although they have been customised as far as possible to make them accessible to all users. Some particular points to note are:

Accessible Website Design

Every effort is made to ensure that the site is accessible to all users including those with a disability. Our policy is:

We try to do a good job, but of course errors occasionally occur. If you notice an instance where we do not adhere to the above standards or there is any mistake or other other accessibility problem, please bring it to our attention. (