Just as with the major conservation works which had to be done at the Pit itself a few years ago, the website also needed major re-engineering in order to ensure its continued operation. The majority of this involved the back-office infrastructure where obsolete computer hardware and operating systems all had to be replaced before the software could be upgraded to the latest version.
In addition to the website, all the information concerning the Pit - technical, historical and photographic - that has been built up since research work began in 2005 also has to be safely migrated from the old systems on to the new and this is a very big job indeed.
Unfortunately, the latest version of the development software no longer supports a number of the key functions used on the old website and alternatives for these need to be found. In addition, the overall architecture of the website needs to be redesigned so as to remove redundant sections and to take advantage of the more up-to-date features available with the new software. This work is proceeding slowly but steadily and it is hoped to have the website fully available by the summer.
Current information regarding the Pit will continue to be available on the Pleasley Pit Trust website www.pleasleypittrust.org.uk