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St Albans Museums

The eZ Publish powered St Albans Museums with its searchable image library.

The eZ Publish powered St Albans Museums with its searchable image library.

Client: St Albans Museums Service

St Albans Museums Service manages the two museums, Verulamium Museum and the Museum of St Albans, the medieval clock tower, the Old Town Hall, a field archaeology unit and any excavations carried out by the unit.

Project

In 2007 Enterprise AB (EAB) was commissioned to create a searchable online image database on the St Albans Museums’ website. The EAB proposal was chosen on the grounds of its pricing and the choice of eZ Publish. As a powerful Content Management System eZ Publish enables the Museums of St Albans to rationalise their web presence under one single, flexible platform to sustain the present and future online requirements of the Museums.

The key feature of the new website is the searchable image collection, containing at present over 6000 images, including photographs, prints, watercolours, drawings, oil paintings and postcards relating to St Albans City and District. The majority of these images were previously only accessible to the public by appointment. EAB worked with the Museums staff to configure their in-house collections database and re-tag it to enable web access. The website was engineered to allow the visitor to search the collection by subject or via an advanced search. From the search result pages the registered visitor can build a "My Gallery", a set of selected images which can then be emailed to a friend, or printed. In the future visitors will be able to purchase images too.. 

Says Kate Warren, Public Services Manager, St Albans Museums: "We have found EAB very helpful over the last four years and look forward to extend the functionality of the website as and when funding becomes available. eZ Publish has made it easy for our staff to update the site on a timely basis without requiring to technical web design skills or software tools".