I'm delighted to hear that I was wrong about the lack of searching instructions; Douglas very kindly points out their location, under the "Help" menu, and here's a direct link.
And do check out the Help section--the picture there is fantastic. I want a pair of sunglasses like the woman in the black & white print dress is wearing.
Douglas McCarthy's post:
Thanks for featuring our new website and for your comments - this kind of feedback is invaluable. I am the Picture Library Manager at the NMM and have developed nmmimages.com from conception to launch over the last 14 months.
If I may respond to your points in order:
1) a "switch-off slideshow" button for slower connections is a great idea I'll investigate.
2) content: another good point made here. NMM has developed several on-line catalogues since the internet was born, featuring a variety of content presented in different ways. With nmmimages.com, we're trying to present concisely and consistently in terms of caption length and format, for example. This takes longer (we spent 3 months editing 15,000 captions last summer!) but will be worthwhile, I feel.
3) search: this is an area we're working on and improvements will come during 2009, such as keywording. The site does offer phrase (and other flexible) searching. The 'how to' guide on this is in the 'Help' area, but I'll look at making this more prominent.
4) Google is king and likely to remain so!
We have an exciting plan of development for the site, so please keep an eye out for new collections and features this year.
Do feel free to reply here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with further comments if you wish.
Picture Library Manager
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London