This accessibility statement applies to the National Historic Ships website at

This website is run by National Historic Ships UK. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means 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’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • Some form fields or buttons are not labelled so a screen reader can understand them
  • Some images are missing the ALT attribute
  • Some images are used as a link without a description
  • Some alt text used for images is not meaningful
  • Duplicate page IDs exist
  • Some page titles are incorrect

Feedback and contact information

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

We’ll consider your request and try to respond to you within 21 days.

Contacting us by phone or meeting us in person

If you are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment and need assistance when contacting us by phone or meeting us in person, then please visit for support or advice:

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website and we welcome your feedback. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please:

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

National Historic Ships UK 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

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

General PDF files

There is one PDF on this website which is not exempt from the regulations, but which does not currently comply with them. This PDF generally contains readable text content but has not been tagged or formatted to raise their accessibility up to the required standards. This PDF therefore typically fails the following WCAG 2.1 success criteria:

  • 1.1.1 (non-text content), where the PDFs contain images which do not have alternative text specified
  • 1.3.1 (info and relationships) and 2.4.6 (headings and labels), where the PDFs do not have tagged heading structures
  • 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence), where the text in PDFs has been created in floating text boxes (e.g. using desktop publishing software) and no reading order has been specified
  • 1.4.3 (contrast (minimum), where text may have been created in a colour which does not contrast enough with its background colour
  • 3.1.1 (language of page), where PDFs have not had a language specified in them – please read all such PDFs as UK English

Should you find any PDFs that are not accessible please contact to bring this to our attention or to request accessible versions.

Many of the formerly non-compliant PDFs have already been corrected, and the final one is due to be replaced before the end of September 2024.


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. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

Our website was last tested on 3rd September 2020. The test was carried out by Axis 12 and involved a full automated scan of every page of the site using Sitemorse. Over 2000 pages were tested and a report produced which provides a prioritised roadmap allowing us to work towards full compliance with WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Using the test report, we can now plan to improve accessibility on this website. We will continually work with our web developer to ensure any additions to our website meet the correct standards.

We are also:

  • providing accessibility training to staff who create web content
  • raising general accessibility awareness across our organisation

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 27 March 2024.