The Stourbridge Navigation Trust Committee acknowledged in September 2016 that the website, which was over 8 years old, required some attention as it was potentially based on obsolete technology and was failing to meet the modern needs of the public. Unanimous support was given to commission work to investigate and report on the situation and to identify options to take the Trust’s website forward. It quickly became apparent that due to significant technical obsolescence the website urgently needed to be re-designed and re-built using a modern technical platform enabling a good interface with current, often mobile devices, and could improve the overall image of the Stourbridge Navigation Trust.
The Committee was keen for the addition of more, better quality photographs and some historical narrative, to add interest, context and value to the content of the website. The new website would also be useful to publish photographs and stories from the public who may have enjoyed the various facilities in the Canal Street site. Education also featured in our thinking, with the potential for information being published about the historical role of a Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge and how following its sad demise it was resurrected to what it is today, a widely used community facility in the heart of the town.
So, after much hard preparatory work, in early 2017 we finally reached the position where the new, improved website could be officially launched. We hope that our customers, visitors, regular specialist group users and the local community find it a useful source of information and that it encourages them to support the Trust and its annual events.