Powys Digital History Project

Background information
Design elements

  Using local sources
We wanted to give the design elements on the Project web site a strong local focus, even if this was not apparent to persons browsing the site. To this end, virtually all of the backgrounds and buttons used throughout the site have been adapted from images with a local connection to each of the historic counties of Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire.  Here are some of the most common, with an explanation of where they came from. 
  This image, which we used as a "bullet point" for selecting menu items, is in fact a medieval deed from the 14th century and may well be the Archives Office's oldest document. It comes from a collection transferred from Brecknock Museum.
(ref. B/D/BM/A/46/1)
  These wood-effect buttons which are used on nearly all the pages for navigation have an unusual origin. The wooden background is taken from a digital photograph of the 17th century box pews at Disserth church in Radnorshire. This charming parish church is one of the few to escape 19th century "restoration" and we wanted to commemorate this on the site in some way.
  Powys Digital History Project In the same way, the Digital History Project logo is taken from a close shot of the masonry of the Disserth church tower wall.
The editing software,Paint Shop Pro, was used to add colour to the background image and add borders and shadows.
  This image, which was also used as the background to the original opening page on the site, appears as a decoration on some other pages. It is taken from a report of the excavations of the abbey at Strata Marcella in Montgomeryshire published in the Montgomeryshire Collections and appears by kind permission of the Powysland Club. The original tile may be found at the Powysland Museum in Welshpool.
  Finally, the background image which appears on this and most other pages is taken from a drawing of the famous rood screen at the chapel at Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire published in the Montgomeryshire Collections, and also appears by kind permission of the Powysland Club. 
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