Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to content published on the Buckinghamshire’s Heritage Portal website –

The Heritage Portal is hosted by Exegesis SDM Ltd and uses Exegesis’ HBSMRWeb software to publish content from the Buckinghamshire Historic Environment Record database, which is managed by Buckinghamshire Council Archaeology Service.

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

This website should allow any user to:

  • modify the line height or spacing of text

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the page

  • navigate most of the website using a keyboard

  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software

  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

For information on how you can adjust your browser settings or use assistive technology to help you use our website, visit AbilityNet.

How accessible this website is

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. However, we are constantly working to improve both our compliance and the experience of our users.

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

  • the site contains specialist archaeological and architectural content and may be difficult to understand

  • older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

  • some pages and documents are not clearly written or structured

  • some online tools may be difficult to use for assistive technologies

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 email

We'll consider your request and get back to you within 20 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are 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

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Services (EASS).

Technical information about this website accessibility

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to making its websites 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 following issues:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  1. Headings are not structured

    Some headings are not always properly structured. This may be confusing for people with screen readers. This Fails WCAG 2.1 Technique H42 (Using h1-h6 to identify headings).

  2. Missing image descriptions

    Images on some pages do not always have suitable image descriptions. Users of assistive technologies may not have access to information conveyed in images. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

  3. Broken ARIA menu

    In some cases an ARIA menu does not contain required menu items (e.g. an element with role=“menu” does not contain at least one element with role=“menuitem” “menuitemcheckbox” or “menuitemradio”). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value).

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

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

Web content that is not subject to the standards referenced in this policy statement include:

  • content that is archived

  • non-HTML Documentation (PDFs, Microsoft Office files) that were published before 23/09/2018

  • non-HTML Documentation (PDFs, Microsoft Office files) that are not essential to the services of Buckinghamshire Council

  • online maps and mapping services

  • third party content that is not under the direct control of Buckinghamshire Council or the main website provider. This includes PDF fieldwork reports from external organisations, Google Translate, and social media links.

What are we doing to improve accessibility?

Buckinghamshire Council are fully committed to meeting all the accessibility criteria specified in the regulatory provisions. We will continue to work with our website providers to identify the timescales needed to fix all the identified accessibility issues and provide an update with any progress made.

Buckinghamshire Council will make continuous assessments of this website’s content and update this statement when issues have been resolved.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in December 2020 by Shaw Trust Accessibility Services.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 31 August 2021 and was last reviewed on 11 October 2021.