Museum looks ahead to new online future

Colin Harris and  Jane Mann .
Colin Harris and Jane Mann .

An Amble-based agency has been recruited to create a new website for an award-winning tourist attraction, as part of its ambitious rejuvenation plans.

Colin Harris Website Development has won the tender to overhaul Bailiffgate Museum’s existing online facility.

It comes as part of the Alnwick venue’s Heritage at the Heart of the Community project, which last year won a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The scheme includes a major refurbishment of the museum and an outreach programme, which will involve local communities in exploring, preserving and celebrating their heritage.

Colin Harris Website Development will build a new content management system to support the website and make access easier and more enjoyable from hand-held devices and tablets, as well as from normal PCs.

Colin Harris, founder of the company, said: “Our objective is to help attract many more visitors and sponsors to the museum.

“We will do so by making the website more attractive and easier to navigate as well as adding an easy to use e-commerce system, so the museum can develop online sales. We will construct the website using our extensive knowledge of web users and their habits and make the website easier for search engines to find.”

Museum trustee Jane Mann said Colin Harris had won the tender because of its ‘reputation for turning ideas into quality websites’.

She said: “The website is extremely important for our marketing and will be used to promote the many interesting things we have to offer.

“We will incorporate much more information into our website, adding for example an online gallery of the museum’s huge photo collection.

“A better website will help us connect with visitors and prospective visitors from all over the world, as well as help strengthen our contact with local communities.”