After a successful pilot stage, the Our Warwickshire website has been re-launched complete with new look, layout and 20,000 more historical records, thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support.
The revised and revamped website will become a virtual gateway to the county’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, allowing people to tell their stories about Warwickshire’s people, places, landscapes and events.
The website was originally launched in March 2014 and has expanded rapidly from humble beginnings to a stage where it now hosts over 1,000 user contributed pages and a number of records from Heritage & Culture Warwickshire’s collections.
The website has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of a wider development project in Warwickshire, and developed by web designers CommunitySites. CommunitySites have great experience and specialise in community heritage website design.
Synthesising the existing website with images and the Historic Environment Record, the strength of the new website is its breadth of subject matter. It is possible to read pages about the Museum and Archive’s collections, alongside users’ memories of growing up in the county.
Adding further Heritage & Culture Warwickshire content will make Our Warwickshire a one-stop-shop for information about our county’s heritage and natural environment.
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “The Our Warwickshire website has clearly been embraced by the community. It is a delight to see pages ranging from the old Co-op Hall in Nuneaton, to Smith’s Grocer’s in Warwick. What is especially pleasing is to see the range of pages, from people’s memories, to research on historic buildings, to the geology and archaeology available in the area.”
Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, added: “The strength of the website is the way it relates to people’s home environment. Coming from Nuneaton, I saw that the website already has a number of pages about the area, but I was pleased to see that smaller areas have plenty of content too. If you come from Stratford-on-Avon or Stretton-onDunsmore, there are pages for everyone. The subject matter crosses plenty of areas too. If you worked in the car industry, or visited the Royal Show, people have written about it.”
Contributions in the form of stories, photos, events happening in the area, and listings of local groups relevant to the website are welcome.
You can find the Our Warwickshire website at www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk.