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Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK's leading historical picture source, has unveiled its new and improved website at www.maryevans.com Completely rewritten on a new platform by Mary Evans IT Director, Mark Braund, the website is designed to make finding pictures on the site easier and quicker. The new search engine means more accurate search results; handling metadata in such a way that descriptive information does not compromise valid search results. "Having looked at the various website options commercially available, nothing quite gave us the flexibility we wanted, so we decided to produce the website ourselves. This enabled us to accommodate suggestions for improvements made by our clients" said Braund.

"We wanted to produce a website focused on simplicity and speed. As well as one-click downloads from thumbnails and preview images, Mark has also developed a powerful range of tools that allow more in depth searching for those who need it." said Managing Director, Paul Brown.

Visitors to the home page will see that the style of the website has also changed to become more information driven. New images and collections are given prominence with a section that allows site users to keep up to date with the increasingly diverse additions to the library's holdings. Another section devoted to image themes aims to inspire clients and agents with ideas for anniversaries, features or to give contemporary topics a historical twist.

The new "collections" section also showcases the many varied areas of history covered by Mary Evans. With images being drawn from a growing army of contributors, as well as the Mary Evans core collection, this has increased considerably over the last few months to include fine art, personalities, vintage posters, events of the 20th century and the world wars. And, with the web access to this incomparable collection more streamlined, efficient and user-friendly, Mary Evans can now truly be regarded as the one stop shop for history.

For further information, please contact:
Paul Brown
Mary Evans Picture Library
59 Tranquil Vale
London SE3 0BS, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8318 0034
F: +44 (0)20 8852 7211