Our new design. Tibetan robes, watercolours, Egyptian mummies and frogs - what do they have in common? They're all part of our vast and varied collections! We've been looking at how we can present the items from our collections, better online. Because we have such diverse collections, it's really difficult to find a single way to do this. As well as decorative and fine art collections, we have collections of insects, birds, plants, social history, medals, ships, models, maritime archives and items associated with slavery. And that's just some of them! So, we have taken up the challenge of displaying the collections online. We had to be able to accommodate all our different collection areas and display them in an informative and more creative way on the website. Information about our collections is stored in one database, and images of the items are held in another. So there's been some quite complicated technical wizardry in pulling the information together from these sources. But we have managed to do this, alongside working on a new design, layout and new ways to explore collections.
Now curators can curate objects online - they can choose different objects on a certain theme and create online exhibitions or object 'stories'.
Eventually you'll be able to do things like, search for all our blue objects, or all our romantic objects or maybe even our blingiest objects!