New Forest Remembers

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The Client:

New Forest Remembers

The New Forest National Park Authority is the organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the New Forest National Park and the interests of those who live and work within it.

The Challenge:

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund the New Forest Remembers project aims to detail the varied role the New Forest played in World War II by recording and sharing the WWII archaeology and history.

To support the off-line work they were doing they needed a website to encourage people to upload their memories, images and documents to help add further layers of engaging detail.

The Solution:

The whole basis for the site is information sharing, so doing so has been made as easy as possible. Registering is quick, easy and free – people simply select a username, provide an email address and password and they are ready to share and interact on the site. As more people register and share their information the site will grow, and the whole experience will improve. Throughout its creation careful design considerations were made to accommodate this.

A large interactive map, search functionality and a banner area on the homepage give people a great starting point for exploration of the archives, encouraging them to get involved and share their experiences of the area, or simply learn more about it. Further into the site, content pages are designed to make images and content easy and enjoyable to browse.

The site links closely to New Forest's social media profiles, helping extend the reach of the project and interaction people can have through the site. A key next step includes plans to introduce an app to give people a way to connect with site content while they are exploring the New Forest. So when they come across surviving relics and other points of interest they can use the app to learn more and enhance their visit.

The Results:

"The New Forest Remembers – Untold Stories of World War II partnership project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted by the New Forest National Park Authority aims to record and disseminate the WWII archaeology and history of the New Forest to a wide audience and capture memories, stories, photos and other material before it is lost for good. This is partnership with the archaeological survey provides a way of linking material and personal stories to concrete and archaeological material, making it easier for people to understand, engage with and ultimately protect. For this to work successfully we needed an interactive engaging platform that allowed people to share information and discover what was happening in the Forest during WWII.

Imaginet were great partners to work with to develop this platform and quickly picked up our vision, built on it, improved it and expanded on the brief to produce our brilliant online portal.

Throughout the development and build process succinct and regular communication meant the site was completed within a tight deadline, over the Christmas period. The design was adapted to our corporate identity needs and resulted in a product that the Authority, its stakeholders and volunteers are proud to promote and work on to fulfill its potential through building the online community and critical mass of content that such a site deserves.

We are already planning future projects, such as mobile applications and additional add-ons to the site and look forward to working with Imaginet to deliver these goals."

James Brown,
Project Manager, New Forest National Park