Accessibility Statement for Research Reports

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by Historic England. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. While this service is not presently accessible we are committed to making it accessible.

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How accessible this website is

We know this website is not optimised for accessibility.

Feedback and contact information

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

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Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact customer services on [email protected], who will pass your request on to the appropriate team.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Historic England 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

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

The website fails the following Level A criteria:

  • 1.1.1 – Non-text Content: Provide text alternatives for non-text content
  • 1.3.1 – Info and Relationships: Logical structures
  • 1.3.2 – Meaningful Sequence: Present content in a meaningful order
  • 1.3.3 – Sensory Characteristics: Use more than one sense for instructions
  • 2.4.1 – Bypass Blocks: Provide a “Skip to Content” link
  • 2.4.2 – Page Titled: Helpful and clear page title
  • 2.4.4 – Link Purpose (In Context): Every link’s purpose is clear from its context
  • 3.1.1 – Language of Page: Page has a language assigned
  • 3.2.1 – On Focus: Elements do not change when they receive focus
  • 3.3.2 – Labels or Instructions: Label elements and give instructions

The website fails the following Level AA criteria:

  • 1.4.3 – Contrast (Minimum): Contrast ratio between text and background is at least 4.5:1
  • 1.4.11 – Non-Text Contrast: High contrast between pieces of text and their backgrounds
  • 1.4.13 – Content on Hover Focus: Ensuring content visible on hover or keyboard focus does not lead to accessibility issues
  • 2.4.6 – Headings and Labels: Use clear headings and labels
  • 2.4.7 – Focus Visible: Keyboard focus is visible and clear

Disproportionate burden

Accessibility is a priority for Historic England.

We are constantly working to make sure our digital offer provides the best user experience for those with accessibility needs.

In our accessibility statement, we have identified multiple issues using the Research Reports website. We believe fixing the issues now would represent a disproportionate burden. The justification for this is outlined below.

We are currently working to migrate research reports data into the corporate website. Initial plans to deliver the new version by the September 2020 deadline have been delayed by the impact of Covid-19. We are planning to launch the new version by December 2021. This will be tested for compliance against the accessibility regulations.

We believe the best use of resources is to migrate the content into the corporate website and that it would be duplicating resources to address accessibility issues within the current website while a project is underway to provide a new and improved offer.

Historic England also has a wide number of legacy websites to update to modern standards. Since we do not have the internal resource or funds to work on them all at once we have prioritised the order in which we are working on them. For this, the number of visitors to each website was taken into account. This measures all users, not only those with assistive technology or other accessibility requirements. In September 2019 these were:

  • 1,822 users
  • 2,252 sessions

To put this into context, in the same period of September 2019, the corporate website received:

  • 492,371 users
  • 639,488 sessions

In summary, we felt that fixing accessibility issues with the existing website at this stage represented a disproportionate burden because resources have already been allocated to building a new offer on the corporate website, where these issues will be addressed. While we hoped to provide the new offer by the September 2020 deadline Covid-19 has delayed this. The offer is now due to launch by December 2021 and this will be tested for compliance against the accessibility regulations.

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

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. We do not believe the reports within this site are essential. We will undertake to provide accessible alternatives for individual reports where requested.

Any PDFs or Word documents published after September 2018 will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

It is Historic England’s intention for the service currently available at to be fully compliant with the accessibility standards by December 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 25 August 2021.

This website was last tested on 26 November 2019. The test was carried out by Cadence Innova.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test: The home page, search results and contact form were tested, as were the most popular and most recent reports.

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