Monday, September 19, 2005

Postcodes Project

The Postcodes Project, Museum of London
The Museum of London have launched an excellent new website - the Postcodes Project.

The Postcodes Project is a new resource aimed at adults with an interest in local history. It showcases a wide variety of objects from the Museum's collections, highlighting one for each London postcode area. In addition there are numerous links to local museums, libraries, archives and adult education centres to encourage people to get more involved in local heritage.

The layout of the postcode pages is excellent with plenty of links, both internal and external, laid out clearly and attractively (e.g. E4). Users can submit their own stories to accompany each section.

Strong accessibility guidelines have been adhered to throughout, with usability benefiting rather than being sacrificed.

Users can tour the objects thematically, 'Caring for life - and death', 'Fashions old & new', 'Food & drink', 'Politics & policing', etc.. YOu can also tour by object or by period.

This is one of the best new projects of the year and it will be interesting to see how the interactive elements, the user-submitted stories, develop over time.

Credits

Cincinnati email survey

WM Bickerstaffe, by James Presley Ball

The Cincinnati Museum Center have used their email database to provide research towards a possible future exhibition in 2007. Subscribers to their e-newsletter are asked a series of questions relating to their potential interest in James Presley Ball, a 19th-century African American photographer and abolitionist.

Questions include 'What is your level of interest in the J.P. Ball exhibit?', 'What is the likelihood that you will attend this exhibit?' and 'What would be your level of interest in purchasing an illustrated catalog on the J.P. Ball exhibit?'

A final question is 'For future exhibit planning, please state one topic about which you would most like Cincinnati Museum Center to create a new exhibit'.