In the past few months The National Archives has replaced its old Catalogue with a new one, Discovery, which allows you to search for records held by us.
Now, we are working hard to incorporate information from other sources describing records held in archives elsewhere as part of the Finding Archives project. Finding Archives focuses on the National Register of Archives (NRA), Manorial Documents Register (MDR), ARCHON Directory, Access to Archives (A2A) and Accessions to Repositories. These services currently provide descriptive and access information about millions of records held in over 2,500 archives in the UK and overseas.
Our goal is to enable users to access this information alongside The National Archives’ content via a single easy-to-use interface in Discovery.
In a previous blog post, my colleague Sam Meunier told you a bit about the background to the project, and updated you on the progress we had made in testing several design concepts with our users.
Choosing a design
Please note that all images in this blog post are preliminary designs – the look and layout may differ from the version we ultimately release.
Building a prototype
In addition to choosing a design for the homepage, we also had to develop and test concepts for other elements of the new system.