National Army Museum

Waterloo 200 website build

In May 2014 we were commissioned by a consortium including the National Army Museum and Culture 24 to build a site commemorating the 200th year since the Battle of Waterloo.

One of the primary things the content team wanted to focus on was a curated selection of objects (to number 200 by the time of hard launch in June 2015). The objects come from the National Army Museum but also from institutions around the country – and it’s a selection of the most brilliant museum objects.

..things like a penny dented by a bullet, the artifical leg of Earl of Uxbridge and the gory but fascinating Surgical saw and blood stained glove

Genevieve, one of the designers who works with us, put together a stunning look and feel with huge feature images that scale to fit wide screen devices – part of a clear, highly visual modular design. It’s responsive for mobiles and tablets too of course.

Under the hood it’s WordPress – again using our highly flexible system which enables the National Army Museum team to knit together events, objects and venues within the familiar WordPress interface.

Object and venue connection

There’s some special things here too – firstly we’ve built a custom plugin which pulls event and venue data from Culture24 into the site. The plugin queries the Culture24 API and retrieves events and venues – they’re then converted into custom post types within the WordPress interface.

Find it hereThis allows for unprecedented flexibility in featuring events, venues and objects – and the relationships between them.

We’ve also incorporated some tech to handle nice content touches from the team too – for instance there’s deep-zoomable and 360 rotating object images. The former are put together using leaflet.js – a tech primarily built for zoomable maps but ideal for situations where you want a mobile-friendly way of doing zooms without having the overhead of loading in huge images. The 360’s were done using SpriteSpin, a jQuery plugin that turns image frames into animations, a bit like a simple flip book.

There’s more to come on the site over the next few months so keep checking in at waterloo200.org.

http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200

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