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SW Museum Skills Essentials: Digital accessibility- optimising your website

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This session will cover how to publish accessible copy, images and accessibility statements on your website, working to current guidelines

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About the Session:

It will cover: online accessibility requirements (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA) and look at practical applications for your own website.This includes: publishing accessible copy, images and accessibility statements. There will be practical tips and a guide for implementing in your museum.The WCAG guidelines have been put in place to make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity. Organisations should meet ‘level AA’ requirements as a minimum.

Note: This is a focused session on accessibility - digital engagement strategies or social media engagement will not be covered.

Who should attend?

This session is designed for those who already work on creating content online and publish on your museum’s website. Suitable for both paid staff and volunteers.

Note: this session was delivered in May 2020 so if you attended this then we do not advise that you need to repeat this session.

What will you learn?

  • You will have an introduction to digital accessibility
  • Gain understanding about the current regulations for website accessibility
  • Receive practical guidance to help with compliance for website accessibility including: headings, copy, alt-text, accessibility statements
  • Gain an understanding about the importance of accessibility from a search engine perspective
  • Feel confident about next steps and practical implementation on your website

How does this session relate to Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard?

  • 9.2 To communicate effectively with users and potential users through a range of access, marketing and promotional activities

Session Leader:

This session is led by Rachel Cartwright, who is the Digital Engagement Officer for South West Museum Development. Rachel has over 10 years ‘ experience in the cultural sector, starting out in libraries and archives at the University of Bath, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Royal College of Art, London. Following this Rachel worked in a commercial artist studio managing the archive and image licensing. Since living in the South West Rachel has worked as a Project Manager and Archivist. Including working for Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations, a project with over 30 cultural partner organisations, to deliver a Digital Optimisation programme with training, practical implementation and support.

How will this session be delivered and what equipment do I need?

This session will be delivered online using Zoom a cloud based video conferencing service. The service is free to use, all you need is either a laptop, tablet/ iPad or phone. Your device will need to be able to stream video and sound. If you are using a laptop you can simply connect via your web browser. If using a tablet/ iPad or phone you will need to download the app (free to download) to connect to the session. Full instructions on how to join the session will be issued direct to the email address provided at the point of booking before the session takes place. 

How do we use the data you supply us?

* For full details on how the information supplied to us as part of the booking process is used please see our Privacy Policy here: https://southwestmuseums.org.uk/privacy-policy/ By booking on you agree to have your data stored and used by us in accordance with this policy.


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South West Museum Development is a team of industry professionals who provide strategic support for museums in the South West. With a central focus on museums working towards Accreditation, in partnership with Arts Council England.

We use Arts Council England’s five strategic goals to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in England’s regional museums so that they can maximise their benefit to audiences and communities.

 

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