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Following a tender process, Box UK today confirms that it has secured the contract to redevelop the English Heritage website. Box UK is also retained for future activities and upgrades, in this three-year partnership deal. The new site will provide accessible, searchable information to both scholars and the general public. Using Box UK’s XML-based Content Management System (CMS) - Amaxus, the new website is expected to launch in the New Year.

Representing over 400 historic properties and sites, English Heritage has welcomed over 80 million visitors since 1990 to renowned landmarks including Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and Osborne House. Box UK’s Amaxus CMS efficiently reuses the wealth of English Heritage content and redistributes it across multiple channels: making the organisation more accessible to its visitors, members and heritage professionals.

According to Anne Wright, Head of Online Communications at English Heritage, it was Box UK’s credentials in the heritage and museum sector that first caught her attention during the tender process. She says: “Box UK’s award-winning accessible site for the National Maritime Museum and the redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum online is impressive and certainly shows that they have a deep understanding of our sector. It was clear from the start that their Amaxus CMS met all our primary criteria and that the software would make the English Heritage site both search engine friendly and more accessible”.

The site is expected to relaunch in the New Year. Box UK will be retained for three-years to ensure upgrades, consolidation of sites and new projects are in keeping with the new site style and architecture. Box UK will also work closely with the in-house designers at English Heritage to create the look and feel for the site.

“Amaxus includes functionality specifically developed for the heritage, museum and library markets”, says Benno Wasserstein, Managing Director at Box UK, “and with so many organisations in this sector using our software, we have a created a really valuable community of heritage clients that benefits from collaboration and innovation”.

The new site will be e-commerce enabled to allow English Heritage to continue to sell membership and items in its gift shop, through the website.

“Heritage affects everyone from school children and the general public to heritage professionals and scholars”, concludes Wright, “and it is a core part of our online strategy to make the new website both accessible and inclusive to all. Box UK is the perfect partner to help us achieve our goal and develop a site that reflects our investment in promoting England’s historic environment”.

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Editor’s notes

About Box UK

Box UK was created from the expertise of innovative thinkers and practitioners in the industry. The company works with its clients to increase the power of the Internet and turn business visions into reality - creating high-value, low-risk, award-winning results - reflected by Box UK’s clients' success.

Clients include the National Maritime Museum, DfES, Imperial War Museum, London Development Agency, BECTa, Chubb, Corus Rail, UB40, Royal Observatory Greenwich, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, the Basic Skills Agency, the Port Cities Consortium, McCann Erickson and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

The company is known for its expertise in all areas of application development, including the implementation of Amaxus, its high-level XML Content Management System.

About English Heritage
It is our job at English Heritage to make sure that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for. By employing some of the country's very best architects, archaeologists and historians, we aim to help people understand and appreciate why the historic buildings and landscapes around them matter. From the first traces of civilisation, to the most significant buildings of the 20th century, we want every important historic site to get the care and attention it deserves.

Contact

Katy Howell
Immediate Future PR
0845 408 2031
07803 898 511
Katy.howell@immediatefuture.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 28th October 2004