At the beginning of this year, we successfully tendered for an interpretation project at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon. The project was funded by Moor than meets the eye – a landscape partnership that is helping people to explore Dartmoor’s past and preserve its future.
From the outset, it has been a most enjoyable exercise working with the team leaders and members of the local community, all of whom have been supportive of our proposals and tirelessly assisted in the supply of information, photographs and access to archive material.
Our approach was, very largely, to develop Widecombe’s story against a background involving such characters as the village blacksmith and policeman; miners, writers and artists. The result is a series of graphic panels that start with a welcome in the car park by Uncle Tom Cobley – made famous in the song ‘Widecombe Fair’– continue in cafes, shops and inns; and conclude, in the magnificent church of St Pancras, with four displays that cover tin mining, wartime Widecombe, the history of the church and its fascinating roof bosses.
Platform One also designed and produced a visitors’ leaflet and map; post-mounted engraved roundels for children to follow a ‘rubbings’ trail; and we are currently developing a booklet that illustrates walks around the village and its immediate environs.
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