Leicester Museums

Interactive timeline to mark the centenary of World War I

The challenge

Leicester City Council Arts & Museums briefed Headland to design, build and deploy an interactive timeline depicting the events, exploits and gallantry of the Leicestershire Regiment during 1914–1918, against the broader background of World War I.

The solution

The timeline, which is deployed on a touchscreen kiosk and forms the centrepiece of the Leicestershire Regiment’s WWI centenary exhibition, displays events from 1914 to the continued fallout from the war in the 1920s.

The application was built to be compatible with both the installation on the museum’s touchscreen and hosting on the Leicester City Council server infrastructure. We built a user interface using jquery, CSS3 and ajax to enable an engaging interactive browsing experience. The timeline is content managed through an Umbraco CMS with events added into the timeline in date order and categorised.

  • Built in Umbraco
  • Intuitive CMS supporting event chronology
  • Responsive build across devices
  • Designed for both touchscreen and online
  • User friendly navigational options

The results

The timeline provides an entirely appropriate presentation of the events relating to the Leicestershire Regiment at this dramatic time in world events. The timeline features a simple navigation delivering an engaging, educational user experience. The application also features intuitive content management, making the timeline a scalable resource for years to come.

  • Tight deadline met for launch of exhibition
  • Resilient and scalable solution for continued expansion
  • Positive feedback from client and users
The timeline has been very well received by all that have used it. My thanks to all of the team, we’re really happy with the results of the project and in our dealings with everyone at Headland.
Kerem Cetindamar, Leicester Arts & Museums Service