The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon objects ever found – over 3,500 gold and silver objects encrusted with precious stones, that provide a wealth of knowledge about the period as well as raising some thorny questions, not least, why was it hidden. We helped Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to develop interpretation for a new gallery to display the hoard by planning and conducting focus groups with Staffordshire residents, planning and facilitating group discussions with families, visiting the current hoard gallery and helping to draw conclusions from this and other research conducted by museum staff.
In April 2012 we helped the Mary Rose Trust by reviewing and proofing proposed text for panels and information in a new exhibition of the Mary Rose. We hope that we have helped the Trust to achieve the right balance between readability and detail. The surviving hull of the ship and fourteen thousand artifacts will be displayed in a new £35m building and exhibition, due to open in Portsmouth Dockyard at the end of 2012.
The Breamish Valley Sound Trail opened earlier this year. It consists of ‘sound boxes’ at five locations in the valley. These are powered by solar energy topped up by users winding a handle. Each box delivers eight messages which tell the story of the valley.
Our work included preparing an interpretive plan with target markets, message themes and messages to be communicated at each location. We then interviewed local residents and National Park staff, editing the recordings to produce a series of concise audio messages for each of the sound boxes.
A sound box at Ingram Bridge, in the Breamish Valley
The trail was installed by the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Cheviot Futures project and includes messages on the impacts of climate change on the Uplands of Northumberland and measures being taken to address them
After a comprehensive review of visitor flows and existing signage we produced a signage strategy for the Solway Coast and Plain.
Key components are:
- Applying England’s Solway Coast branding to signage design
- Primary signage from the M6
- Secondary signage guiding visitors to their destinations
- Tertiary signage providing information and interpretation at popular sites
We worked with the Arnside/Silverdale AONB team to produce an access and interpretation plan to support the HLF grant application. This involved identifying and assessing the limestone heritage features within the AONB, identifying opportunities for interpretation and access improvements and developing a plan under number of themes – ‘walls and boundaries’, ‘lime kilns and industry’, ‘ponds and wetlands’ and ‘improving access routes’.