Accessibility policy

This accessibility statement applies to the Europeana website, to and to the content displayed on these URLs.

These websites are run by non-profit organisation Europeana Foundation who is responsible for its user experience, accessibility, and editorial content. The collection of cultural heritage items that can be searched and browsed in is shared with us, Europeana Foundation, by over 2000 European cultural institutions with the aim to increase the visibility of their collections.

Development, launched March 2020, is developed using Contentful, a software as a service (SaaS) content management system (CMS) provider that allows us to combine editorially controlled pages with our EDM modelled cultural heritage objects. For the front end, the application depends on CSS and enabled JavaScript. It uses the Vue.js/Nuxt JavaScript framework. The code can be found on Github. uses BOLT CMS, an OpenSource content management system with a community of developers supporting it, and is developed, maintained and owned by TWO KINGS.

The content of the websites has been designed to be universally accessible by users across as many devices as possible, and is developed to meet the accessibility standards outlined in this statement.

We support the latest versions of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Compliance with accessibility standards

We continuously work on identifying and improving the accessibility issues on the website. Our websites are partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 conformance level AA, due to the non-compliances and exceptions listed below:


  • Media resources, like images, videos or PDFs, related to items might not be accessible. (WCAG 2.1: 1.1.1, 1.2.1-1.2.5)
  • Since the data on is shared with us by the data providers, we take an advisory role here, as explained above. We share knowledge, produce case studies and participate in projects with our data partners, aiming to improve the accessibility of the media resources.
  • The so-called Masonry layout on search results pages and galleries might not be accessible. (WCAG 2.1: 2.4.3).
  • Not all frames and iframes used on the website have a title attribute. (WCAG 2.1: 4.1.2).
  • On many pages, we use buttons that allow you to like an item or add it to your gallery. We show these buttons on mouseover, which may not work for everyone. (WCAG 2.1: 1.4.13).
  • On some pages, for example the search page, there is no direct access to the page's primary content. Such direct access would allow people who navigate sequentially through content to find their way on the page more quickly. (WCAG 2.1: 2.4.1).


  • Media resources, like images, videos or PDFs, related to items might not be accessible.
  • The social share buttons which use AddThis have an insufficient contrast ratio.
  • The element’s background colour on some images can not be determined due to background images
  • The main conference image isn’t readable by a screen-reader.
  • There are some issues with the website's responsiveness and behaviour on mobile devices

There may be accessibility issues on the site that we are unaware of. If you have feedback you would like to share with us, please email

Our commitment

Europeana Foundation is committed to making the website and content increasingly accessible. We target a AA level for accessibility. For that purpose, we appointed an internal web accessibility committee and initiated training in web accessibility for our staff.

How we test our websites

The Europeana website is under active development and is tested on an ongoing basis using the following tools:


  • After developing new features, we run automated tests using the testing tool Axe. Additionally, we run manual tests, such as zooming and keyboard-only navigation.
  • We use a colour contrast analyser to determine accessible colour combinations.
  • On an irregular basis, we test features using VoiceOver screen reader.
  • An accessibility expert conducted an extensive review of the website in May 2020.
  • We researched making the website more accessible to a visually diverse audience in Spring 2022.


  • We periodically run accessibility testing on the most commonly visited sections of using the Lighthouse and Axe accessibility tools.
  • Newly developed features are tested against Lighthouse's accessibility tool.
  • For colour, we use the colour contrast analyzer to ensure WCAG 2.0 level AA's required contrast ratios

A better experience of our websites

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use the archives and other websites more effectively. For example, your browser will have some accessibility features.

Explore Google Chrome accessibility features Explore Firefox accessibility features Explore Microsoft Edge accessibility features. Explore third-party accessibility extensions for Google Chrome.

About this statement

This statement was prepared on 13 January 2021. The statement was last reviewed on 27 July 2022.

We welcome your comments

If you have a suggestion on how to improve accessibility, please email