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27 August 2013 by Lisa

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Our new website design

I’m very excited as myself and the web team have been working with our in-house technical staff  and we’ve now completed the finishing touches to our brand new website design.

We’ve had a bit of a ‘soft launch’ over the last couple of months as we gradually put more and more of the design live and now we’re ready to tell the world about it! 

Here is an image of our new National Museums Liverpool homepage, but you can browse around it for real here. This is our central hub page where you can find your way to all of our seven museums and gallery sites: Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House.

If you are new to our website then you can see what it used to look like below – it really needed some TLC! We started from scratch with the aim to create a website design that was going to serve our visitors (that’s you!) better.

The talented team at Error Creative Studio (local designers/developers) have made our new website design bigger and brighter, with lots of large images to really show off our museums and galleries and all they have to offer.

We also wanted to bring the site right up to date, so we made sure that you can look at the whole site on mobile and tablet devices, as well as on desktop computers. We’ve also made it easy for you to find our social media streams and the latest videos and blog posts too.

Tell us what you think!

We’d love to know what you think of the new website design and if you think it brings our museums and galleries to life online.

If you have a minute, please do answer our online survey (it’s only 7 questions!) and you can be entered into a prize draw to win an afternoon tea for two at Maritime Dining Rooms.

The survey will close at on Wednesday 11 September 2013 and winners will be notified by Wednesday 18 September 2013.

Image of a website homepage

Our old website design

  1. Anna says:

    The new website is much easier to navigate than the old one. The links are clear and the most important information (eg. opening times) is really obvious.

  2. Claire says:

    The screenshot for the old site shows a button “find out what’s on at all of our sites” – I can’t find this button on the new home page. Is it in a less obvious place? A search for ‘what’s on’ brought back over 5000 results. I also tried visiting the kids site and pressing ‘events’ – this took me directly back to the new main site home page where there is no events button/menu. I would like to know what is on at all venues on 14th September, then I’ll choose where to go. This is how I used to use the old site, rather than visit each different sub-site and individually search their variety of events/calendar systems. Can you tell me how to do this? This is a specific enquiry but I expect a lot of people will want to access the events information in this way. Thanks.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Claire,

      We thought long and hard about this, but what we wanted to do was to avoid confusion about National Museums Liverpool (NML) being a ‘museum’ with its own events, rather than an organisation. This was happening with the old design, because of all the events being branded in the NML corporate style and linked to from the NML homepage. We also wanted to drive people to the individual venues because from previous feedback, the individual museums and galleries were what people were most familiar with and they wanted to go straight to the venue they were interested in visiting. Once you are on any venue’s ‘what’s on’ page, there are links on the left to all the other venue’s listings from there. But I understand your point about being able to see all the events at once – we just have so many that this becomes a rather giant and unwieldy list! We thought it better to keep them separate in each venue so it was easy to browse through the events and exhibitions. We’ll take your comments on board though and if we get a lot of feedback that is similar to yours, then we will look at this again. Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts!

  3. catherine says:

    The new web site is much easier to navigate and quicker too.I did however prefer the larger links on the left to the new links at the top of the new site.Sudley house is a hiden gem and the old site gave it far more prominence for people to look at who knew nothing about it.Just my personal preference I suppose.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks for you comments Catherine, glad you find the site easier to navigate. We hoped that by listing all the venues from left to right along the top (rather than top to bottom, with Sudley right at the bottom, which was the case with the old site) that this would give all our venues equal prominence. But we’re gathering all our feedback together and if we get similar comments from other website visitors then we can look at this again.

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