Cardiff-based web and digital technology company, UpriseVSI, has been appointed by The Royal Mint Museum to design and develop a microsite, marking the 50th Anniversary of The Royal Mint in Wales.
Located on the site of The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, the Royal Mint Museum aims to advance the education of the public in the history of coins and medals, and the history of the Mint. Complementing the existing Museum website, the microsite will focus on The Royal Mint’s move from Tower Hill in London to Llantrisant in 1968, the subsequent opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the events, achievements and developments that have taken place at The Royal Mint over the last 50 years.
Launching in the autumn, the microsite will be built using thinkCMS, UpriseVSI’s bespoke content management system. Featuring a variety of media, including images, videos and audio about The Royal Mint, the bilingual microsite will offer an interactive, family-friendly, easily-accessible experience.
As well as allowing Museum staff to edit content, images and other media through the content management system, the website will also allow the public, and existing and former employees, to upload their photographs and memories of The Royal Mint, which can then be shared through social media channels.
With its responsive design, the microsite will be viewable on any device, whether desktop, mobile or tablet. Incorporating user-experience principles, it will offer simple navigation and focus on visuals and imagery so that it can be used by visitors both young and old.
Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, commented:
“We’re excited to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Royal Mint being in Wales and are looking forward to working with UpriseVSI to design and develop a dynamic microsite. This will allow people to learn the story behind The Royal Mint’s half century in Wales. It will form a vital part of our celebrations and provide us with an attractive, informative platform for us to engage and interact with everyone who visits the site, as well as being an educational resource for local schools and the local community.”
Gareth Rees Jones, Managing Director of UpriseVSI, commented:
“We’re very proud to be working with such an important and influential organisation. As someone who grew up near to The Royal Mint, I am very aware of the importance and impact that it has had on Wales. We are looking forward to working with the team at the Museum to create a modern, interactive microsite that will really bring the history of The Royal Mint in Wales to life.”