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The first of its kind,
Working with the many stakeholders and the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, we designed a scheme across the 45 acre site, interweaving personal stories with those of the historical site and listed architecture.
The exterior signage was a challenge due to the sensitivity of the grounds, being respectful of the monuments while creating way-finding paths, encouraging visitors to explore further.
For these, we commissioned artist Jaana Fowler to sculpt tactile elements, which harmonised with the surroundings and created a further layer of access for the partially sighted.
The exhibition areas combined the narratives of the people who worked on the site with the wider historical significance of the funeral customs and styles.
The restored site was reopened in April 2010, with 5,000 visitors attending it’s re-launch weekend and now hosts educational resources for schools, family events, adult learning opportunities and research resources on this site of Special Conservation Interest.