M&S Archive recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all user groups, including the disabled, the visually impaired and those with motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities. 

This statement explains the accessibility features we have implemented to help you use our website. 

They help to improve navigation for screen readers, keyboard navigation and text-only browsers among other things. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback regarding the accessibility of this site or if you experience any difficulty using it. You can call us on 0208 7182800 or email us at 

General information 

We’ve designed this site with accessibility in mind. Some of the general features include:
The use of clear, simple language which is easy to understand.
The use of common web conventions.
Avoiding the use of blinking or flickering elements.
The use of validated HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 

Standards Compliance 

We have strived to ensure our website conforms to level AA compliance as specified by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). In some cases the website provides enhanced features via JavaScript. Our goal is to provide equivalent functionality for users who are not able to use JavaScript and we are working hard to achieve this. 

Background, text and colour 

Careful use of text colours, size and background colours can help people with a range of visual impairments. Here’s what we’ve done: 


Our site is usable by anyone with colour deficient vision.  

We’ve checked the site’s font and background colour combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear. 

If you need any information that is conveyed with colour to be provided to you without colour, please contact us. You can call us on 0208 7182800 or email us at 

Font and text size 

We’ve used clear, legible font for all text and headings. 

Style sheets 

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Where possible, we’ve also made our website navigable, usable and readable if your browsing device does not support style sheets. 

Non-text elements 

Providing alternatives for non-text elements gives visually impaired and screen-reader users wider access to our website. 

Images, videos and other non-text elements 

We’ve made it possible to use our site without having to view graphics or images. Images have alternative text descriptions and video features sub-titles. Purely decorative graphics or formatting images have empty alt attributes. 

Links and navigation 

Structuring a website so it is simple and streamlined to use helps to improve the experience for all. For example, placing page items in a logical order and making the website easy to navigate helps people with visual impairments, motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities. 


We’ve made navigation links consistent between pages throughout the site. The site is also fully accessible using only the keyboard and can be navigated with scripting disabled. 

Pop-up windows 

Our website does not use pop-up windows as requirements. We use a pop-up lightbox which is an enhancement, rather than a required element.  


A clearly labelled ‘contact us’ form helps readers to understand the content on the page and to fill in content into correct form fields. 

Need help? 

If you have any difficulty using this site you can call us on 0208 7182800 or email us at