Posts Tagged ‘website’

Chester Civic Trust – our project honoured!

18 February 2014

On Wednesday 12th February, Sue Hughes represented our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project at the Chester Civic Trust New Year Honours 2014 event at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Chester. Chester Civic Trust works to support the protection and enhancement of the urban environment of Chester, including issues such as planning, development, conservation and regeneration.

Our ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website was given a commended award, and we’re delighted that our project has been recognised in this way. The Trust explained to us that this is the first time they have recognised a website – we feel it’s particularly significant that this award shows that virtual resources can be as important to the understanding, appreciation and enhancement of a place as material development or the addition of physical interpretation on site.

Thank you again to the Chester Civic Trust for supporting us with this award.

Bishop Lloyd's Palace

Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

Over 3 million hits!

12 November 2013

We’ve just done a bit of number crunching for our two Medieval Chester websites (Mapping Medieval Chester and Discover Medieval Chester) and can share the news that they have had well over 3 million (3,000,000) hits by web users (not counting any automated search engine requests, etc.).

Thank you to everyone who has visited our websites. It’s really great when we hear back from you, so please do get in touch to let us know how you’ve used our resources, and to give us your feedback on the materials here.


A holy relic or a pair of new boots?

21 September 2012

On Monday, we had a ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ project meeting at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London. One of the items on our agenda was discussion about the computer game which will form part of the museum exhibition and the final digital resource. It turns out that designing a game based on medieval Chester isn’t quite as easy as it sounds – in fact, it’s a bit of an ideological minefield…


Our new website takes shape

4 July 2012

a desktop view


At our recent meeting in Chester, Paul and the KCL team revealed some of the wireframes for the new ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website. The new website (to launch summer 2013) will centre on an interactive map, with multi-media material attached to each location. Users will be able to link locations together to produce a ‘bespoke’ tour of medieval Chester – to enjoy either as a virtual tourist from the comfort of an armchair, or to use as a guide within the city itself. The website will have different versions for general web access, use on mobile devices, and access from the new kiosk at the Grosvenor Museum. All of these images show ideas in development and will change and evolve before the site is complete – content is just for a guide. Read on to see more pictures…





Updated digital map: photo layer

10 August 2011

The ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ website is continuing to develop, and this post is to let you know about some changes to the interactive digital atlas (high bandwidth version). A while ago, we asked you to send in your photos of medieval locations and features in Chester via Flickr. Thank you so much for your response and the many wonderful photos of medieval sites in Chester today.

These photos have now been added to the digital atlas as an additional layer which you can select. They represent a key new feature, meaning that users can get a sense of how each of these locations appear today. This is especially useful for the international users of this website, who now have the chance to make a ‘virtual visit’ to these places. It’s also very fitting that, as part of a project which focuses on different perspectives on the city, we have this new collection of different views and vantage-points.

Thank you again for contributing to our project and enabling us to extend the resource in such a useful way.

Thoughts on the website – functions and future plans

25 August 2009

There’s still some final work to be done on the website before it’s complete – and it won’t ever be completely ‘finished’ or static as we aim to add to it and develop it in future, primarily via the blog and discussions here, but also through the addition of further resources. At the moment, we want to do some further work on the digital maps, improving speed, sorting the zoom function (low bandwidth) and allowing users to move from the locations in the atlas (high bandwidth version) to the texts, via the ‘Place’ index. We’re also planning to build an additional map which can be overlaid with Google Maps, to give a better idea of the relation between the medieval and modern city, and to incorporate the layer of photos from Flickr which give snapshots of medieval locations in the city today (more about that in the next post!).

Those of you who joined us at the colloquium in Swansea have heard some discussion of what we aimed to achieve in these digital resources and the kind of functionality we’ve tried to develop. I wanted to include some reflections here on the methods and processes which we brought to the website.