Accessibility statement for

This accessibility statement applies to the Bexley Archives online catalogue
This website is run by Bexley Archives. 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 using browser or device settings
  • zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard or 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. has help 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:

  • text on images, for example manuscripts.
  • sites linked from our webpages but not run by Bexley Library Service.
  • some clickable areas on Search result pages are not indicated

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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

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, please contact us:

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

The Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre has an accessibility guide on the website. For more information on visiting us you can contact us directly:

If you are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment and need assistance when contacting us by phone or visiting us in person, then please contact the Bexley Deaf Centre:

For more information, visit the Bexley Deaf Centre website.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Bexley Library Service 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

The play and pause button on the image carousel on the homepage are labelled as only 'Button'

This labelling does not tell users of assistive technology what the function of this control is. This fails the WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A), 1.3.3 Sensory Characteristics (Level A) and 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A). The company supplying this website will work on a solution to this during 2024.

There is non-consistent indication of which area is a clickable link on the table found on Results pages

There is no change of cursor to tell you that clicking anywhere on the row will take you to the record page. This does not meet the WCAG 2.1 Criteria 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus (Level AA). There is text above the table to inform people of this behaviour on the page. The company supplying this website will work on a solution to this during 2024.

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

Heritage collections

The accessibility regulations do not require Heritage collections such as scanned manuscripts to comply to the accessibility regulations. If you need assistance accessing documents, please contact us.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have recently relaunched our website to bring it up to a higher standard of accessibility. This will be routinely tested and we will respond to feedback as we work towards making our services as accessible as possible.

Third-party content

Bexley Archive's Online Catalogue is provided through a third-party web publishing platform called CalmView. Some aspects of its accessibility are outside of our immediate control. If you have issues, please contact us.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 January 2024.
Our supplier has worked in compliance with WCAG 2.1 AA when developing and designing the website. This website was tested December 2023. The site is built from reusable templates and features, so each of these was tested so that all pages were then made of parts that had been tested. Testing was carried out by the Library IT Team.

Print Showcase

Photographic prints of the images and digital files of most images in the collection can be purchased.
Please contact us for further details.