Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for the Research Framework Network

The Research Framework Network is managed by Historic England and The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and developed by Landward Research Ltd.

This Accessibility Statement is for the WordPress Theme developed by Sanders Web Works and used on the Research Frameworks based in England.

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. the Research Framework Network is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Research Framework Network. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on the Research Framework Network:

We try to respond to feedback within 5 working days.

Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

the Research Framework Network is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies:

the Research Framework Network may not be compatible with:

  • older versions of some browsers

Technical specifications

Accessibility of the Research Framework Network relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the Research Framework Network , there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the Research Framework Network:

  1. Period specific pages: The language of the frameworks can be somewhat technical/specialist because pages were imported in their original form as published. We are working on providing plain English summaries of relevant pages, and glossaries for heritage terms.. .
  2. Period specific pages: A number of pages are very long, which makes navigation more difficult because pages were imported in their original form as published. We have created an in-page menu to ease navigation, we will work to split pages to make reading easier. .
  3. Images: Some of the images do not currently have alt-text, or it is a repetition of the caption because the images have been imported without alt-text. We are currently working to add or change alt-text where required. .
  4. External pages and sites : This statement covers the framework pages and sites utilizing the ‘Research Frameworks’ WordPress theme, external sites and links are not included because some of the sites and pages were created outside the Research Frameworks Network.View the accessibility information on external sites..

Assessment approach

the Research Framework Network (managed by Historic England and developed by Landward Research Ltd)) assessed the accessibility of the Research Framework Network by the following approaches:

  • External-evaluation by Sanders Web Works.


This statement was created on 7 February 2022 using the W3C Accessibility Statement Generator Tool.