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Our new website launches

Our new website is now live at www.postalheritage.org.uk. The new website, designed by Mind Unit, boasts a new, more attractive design, and improved presentation of text and images. Content from the old website has been revised, and there are a number of new webpages to discover.

Image Galleries

Many pages on the new website include galleries which offer large display of images. Look out for pages which have square images at the bottom.

Click on any square image to see that image pop-out and appear in full.

Scrolling through image galleries is easy. Move your mouse over the image to reveal the PREV and NEXT buttons. Click these buttons to see the previous or next image in the gallery.

The Collections & Catalogue section of the website boasts a number of pages featuring image galleries. Philatelists and postal historians can view unique stamp artwork and postal markings from our collection in the Stamps & Philately section.

Many of our Online Exhibitions (find these in the Exhibitions & Events section of the website) make use of image galleries too. The Designs on Delivery online exhibition displays a number of GPO posters from 1930-1960 in this way.

British Postal History

A number of articles about aspects of our collection are available in the British Postal History section (under the History & Learning heading). Written by our archivists, curators, cataloguers and expert volunteers, these articles cover topics as diverse as Stamp Design, Internal Postage & Parcel Rates, The Great Train Robbery and Uniforms.

The Uniforms article includes a separate image gallery displaying a variety of illustrations, photographs, coats and hats from our collection.

Online Catalogue

As before, you can still search our Catalogue online. With over 95,000 records available there’s bound to be something of interest. Click the Online Catalogue button on the Collections & Catalogue page to start searching.

The Collections & Catalogue section also allows you to browse a number of topic areas and view selected examples from our collections.

Share the Website

Want to share something you’ve seen on the new BPMA website? Click on the “Forward To A Friend” button (in the menu on the right) to e-mail the page to a contact, or share the page with friends on Facebook, Twitter or Buzz using the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Future Development

Web technology changes rapidly – and your expectations do too! We’d like to hear your thoughts on how we can make the BPMA website even better.

At the bottom of each page on our website you will find a link to our Site Feedback Form. This easy-to-use form allows you to send your comments to us at any time.

Finally, we’d like to thank those of you who participated in our user testing programme. We received some extremely helpful feedback which will guide the website’s future development.

Help test our new website

For more than a year we have been working on plans to redevelop our website. Following a tender process which concluded last July we hired Mind Unit, a company with more than 10 years experience in designing websites and developing applications for creative organisations.

Mock-up of new BPMA website homepage

Mock-up of new BPMA website homepage

Throughout the process of building the new website we have tried to keep the needs of users in mind. To make sure we’ve got it right, we’re looking for volunteers to help us test the new website before it goes live in March.

Volunteer testers will be asked to use the new website and give their feedback, either as part of a group testing session in London or via the web from their home computer.

Anyone in the world of any age or ability can take part – you don’t even have to have heard of the BPMA – although we are particularly keen to recruit the following:

  • Philatelists and postal historians
  • Journalists
  • Teachers and educators
  • People employed in the museums and archives sector
  • Those with a general interest in history, art, design and/or culture
  • Family historians and genealogists

As a thank you, all volunteer testers will go into the draw to win one of two £50 Amazon gift vouchers.

If you would like to take part in our new website testing programme, please register you interest by e-mailing blog@postalheritage.org.uk.