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Westminster Hall Exhibition

Documents on this site and much more featured in an exhibition at Westminster Hall that is now closed.

About the Archives

Behind the scenes look at the Parliamentary Archives.

Parliamentary Archives


This website has been designed to give as many people access to the material held within the Parliamentary Archives as possible, as easily as possible.

The notes below give information about specific accessibility features. However, if you are having any trouble accessing any of the website, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

  1. There are many historic documents on the website, including several handwritten ones. These are presented in asset viewers built in Flash to enable close examination of all elements of the documents.

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    All documents will soon have transcripts to support users where Flash is a problem. The transcription is no small task, but ongoing. Some transcriptions are being carried out by local history groups. If you would like to help us with this process, please get in touch!

  2. All sound files have transcripts; users can stop and start recordings to aid listening.

  3. The website uses cascading style sheets to mark up its content instead of relying on tables.

  4. All text is scaleable, except where presented as an image - for example a photograph of a historic document - though in those cases documents can be zoomed into allowing examination at close detail and text on their transcripts is scaleable.

  5. All images have alt tags.

  6. The website supports the following access keys.
    • S - skip navigation
    • 0 - access keys
    • 1 - home page
    • 3 - site map
    • 4 - search
    • 5 - help
    • 6 - complaints procedure
    • 7 - terms and conditions
    • 9 - feedback
  7. The breadcrumb trail at top left of the page lets you know where you are at any one time and where you are in relation to the rest of the site.

  8. A dedicated print style sheet is used to optimise pages for printing.

  9. The website has been built with reference to the World Wide Web Consortium's W3C standards Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 78, developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and sponsored by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).

Remember; if you have any queries regarding access to any of our material please contact us.