We’re excited to announce that we have successfully been awarded a place on English Heritage’s consultancy framework and will be advising them over the next three-year period on a range of projects to improve interpretation and wayfinding signage across their historic sites.
First up, it’s Bury St Edmunds.
Bury St Edmunds is a historic market and cathedral town in Surrey, which draws in millions of visitors each year. In fact, the Abbey Gardens and Ruins alone (which attracted over 1 million visitors last year) were the fifth most visited free attraction in England last year and the only place outside of London in the top five.
One of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England, the abbey is home to the remains of martyred King Edmund in 903, from where the town got its name. The ruins now function as a central meeting point and place to relax in the town.
Guy Warren, Placemarque’s Design Director, said:
“Bury St Edmunds is one of the most popular tourist towns in England. But, whilst it’s not short of a visitor or two, much of the rich heritage within the abbey site goes unnoticed and underappreciated.
Our brief is to improve the visitor experience through designing a series of interpretation panels that will give its many visitors a fuller appreciation of what riches the site holds.”
Whilst the abbey site attracts huge numbers, it also suffers from being seen by many as a shortcut to the rest of the town, so this project will help to capture passing crowds and help them to stop, take a look around and learn something new.