Exciting Times

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It was 100 years ago that the Society and its then president, Lord Curzon, arranged for the purchase of, and move into, its current home Lowther Lodge in Kensington. Now, a century on, the Society is going through similarly exciting changes that will bring many new benefits and opportunities for Fellows and members.

One significant development is the upgraded membership database, which was recently launched to improve the Society's communications and services to members and other contacts. The new database, which is connected to the Society's website, has changed the way in which members sign in to the online Members' Area and book events. Users can also update information such as contact details, mailing preferences, interests and membership renewals in one place.

Members will be invited to try the new system over the coming months and the Society plans to add further new features to both the membership database and website. 'We're excited about the new functionality it will bring and we hope Fellows and members will see notable improvements, too, as we add new functionality over the next few years,' said David Riviere, the Society's head of finance and services.

As part of the Society's Strategic Plan 2012-2016, there has been an internal review of the Society's main website content and design, in order to make it more navigable to the wide variety of visitors it receives on a daily basis. The revisions have introduced a more consistent approach to the appearance of the Society's web pages and ensured that content is written in an easy to understand, engaging manner. Navigation around the site has also been made easier and more logical. The recent changes have been welcomed by many users and the final tweaks, including changes to the homepage, will be completed this year. …