Portfolio- Mary Stevens Park – Interpretation

Mary Stevens Park

Background

CFP were commissioned by Dudley council to carry out a signage audit in Mary Stevens Park and project manage the design and install site wide interpretation that told the story of the park, its heritage features, history and wildlife.

We collaborated with 2 of our associates Luke Perry of Industrial Heritage Stronghold, who designed and handmade bespoke Edwardian-style frames for the signs and Steve Roberts, of Footprint Design, who produced the text and illustrations.

Our Role

During the capital works we provided temporary construction board signage for the Council in order to communicate clear messages to park users with regard to construction timescales.

We also carried out an audit of existing signage which included both a written report and a full photographic record of what was 70 signs in the park. The management signage was rationalised and new signs were designed by Footprint Design in conjunction with the Council.

On behalf of the Council we also provided support to a volunteer working on the project who designed bespoke interpretive wallpaper for the new cafe on site.

CFP project managed the work of Footprint and Industrial Heritage Stronghold who designed and installed interpretation across 3 interpretative themes (the house, the park and the lake), orientation and information signage for the park.

Outcomes and Results

Interpretation, orientation and management signage has been installed in the park celebrating its history, the restoration and its flora and fauna.

The new panels now provide visitors with information in order to enhance their learning and understanding of the historic space. The steel structures which frame the panels reflect the decorative design of the park gates that were restored as part of the £3.1 million HLF project. The Edwardian style frames will last for 100’s of years and are well-read features of the park.

For more of our work on interpretative planning please follow the link.