The transformation of the National Galleries of Scotland’s (NGS) website, which has made the country’s art collection digitally accessible in its entirety for the first time, is now complete; a major step towards the Galleries’ long-term intention to make all of its art available online to “anybody, from anywhere in the world, via any device, at any time”.
Online visitors now have dramatically improved access to the entire holdings of the National Galleries of Scotland and can easily navigate a site tailored to illustrate the strength and scope of a collection, containing over 95,000 objects. Some 40,000 high-resolution images, including all of the collection’s most significant artworks, are available to view online, while images of the remainder will be published online over the next five years. The site has been designed and built in conjunction with Signal, the Leith-based digital agency.
Images can be favourited and shared on social media, users can now zoom in on high-resolution images so closely that individual brushstrokes can be detected, and the majority can be downloaded free of charge. An enhanced search function has been expanded to contain not only details about artists and each artwork, and also any relevant material for each page too, including related artworks, features, current and past exhibitions, events and shop products.. The new Features section, designed to host unique, longer-form quality content, will help inform, educate and introduce artists and artworks from the collection to the public in more engaging ways.
“The new site serves as a fantastic window to explore our world-class collection and opens it up as a resource for everybody to use, from leisurely enjoyment of the arts all the way through to academic research,” said John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland. “The new features allow for a more accessible, engaging and exciting experience, and having the whole of the national art collection digitally available helps us to fulfil our firm commitment of delivering exemplary and engaging digital services to the public”.