Accessing this website

Portsmouth Museums wants to ensure everyone is able to access this website, and all the specific museum websites under our operation. As such, we have developed these sites to suit the varying needs of many different users.

This section details the ways in which we have made the site accessible. We’ve also included some tips and links to other websites for further assistance.

If you still have concerns, or would like to provide feedback, please get in touch:
Email MVS@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Telephone 023 9282 7261

Introduction to our websites

The Portsmouth Museums websites cover the six museums under the control of Portsmouth City Council. They are:
Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery
The D-Day Story
Southsea Castle
Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum
Portsmouth Natural History Museum
Eastney Engine Houses

We also have the Portsmouth Museums portal, which acts as a gateway to each individual website and contains information on the service as a whole.

Each website has a main navigation along the top, with links to specific sections. Hovering your cursor over this navigation bar on the individual museums websites brings up a sub-menu of options, if you want to head directly to a specific page.

Audio description

Blind or visually impaired web users can utilise tools so their computer reads web content out loud. These programs are called screen readers.

Microsoft Windows comes with a screen reader built in – it’s called Narrator. It reads content from the page and informs users if they’re presented with an error message.

A comprehensive guide to Narrator can be found on the Microsoft website.

There is a similar tool built into Mac devices called VoiceOver. This can be accessed through ‘System Preferences’ and ‘Universal Access’.

If you’d prefer a different tool, there are many other screen readers available with varying features and functions. These include – but are not limited to – WebAnywhere, Orca and NVDA.

Magnifying the screen

Magnification software has been included in all recent versions of Microsoft Windows. This allows you to zoom in on sections of the screen to make the text much larger. However, the area this covers will be relatively small, to allow for the magnification. Use the mouse to change the percentage of magnification or to move around the screen.

The location of your magnifier will vary depending on the Windows edition you are using. Click Start, then find Magnifier either under ‘Windows Ease of Access’, ‘Windows Accessories’ or ‘Programmes – Accessories’.

On Mac devices, there’s a screen magnifier under ‘System Preferences’ and then ‘Universal Access’.

Making the mouse point bigger

It’s also possible to make the mouse pointer appear larger on your screen. You can do this on Windows Devices by clicking through ‘Settings’, ‘Mouse’, ‘Additional Mouse Options’ and ‘Pointers’. There’s a drop-down menu called ‘Scheme’, in which you can change both the size and colour of your pointer. Here you can also change the speed, double click speed, button configuration and more.

Mac users can do the same by clicking on ‘System Preferences’, ‘Universal Access’ and ‘Mouse & Track pad’. From here, slide the Cursor Size bar to change the pointer size.

Using the keyboard to navigate

If you’re unable to use a mouse or track pad, you can navigate this website – and others – via your keyboard.

In addition to common shortcuts (like Ctrl + C to copy) there are many others allowing you to navigate around a website.

Further information on keyboard shortcuts can be found on the Microsoft Windows website. There is a guide specifically for blind or partially sighted web users on the RNIB website. This covers navigating around specific websites and programs for anyone with visual impairments.

Further information

There is more information on accessibility across the web on the following sites:

Windows Accessibility

Apple accessibility for OSX and iOS

Android accessibility

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