Culloden Paths

‘It was a joy to work with Jo Anthony, her ideas were both practical and creative, she was always available to discuss concerns and was completely supportive throughout the whole Path project’
Kathleen Boal, Property Manager, Culloden Battlefield

This project involved developing a new battlefield trail along a newly created series of paths. Working closely with Katey Boal, Learning Manager at the site and overall Project Manager, we developed an interpretation plan and brief for the design of a series of interpretative benches.

The project also included the development of a waymarked trail with a distinct illustrative identity which we evolved with illustrator Owain Kirby.

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We chose to use benches as it seemed natural that people would want to take a break during their walk. Given the context we opted to keep interpretation content light touch, and immediate to engage with. Each point of interest shares a story relating to that part of the landscape and to the theme of beyond the battlefield.

Jo led the briefing and tender process and Old School Fabrications’ submission was thoughtful, striking and responsive to the spirit of place.

We were keen that the interpretative text would be written in both English and Gaelic, rather than with Gaelic taking second place as a mere translation. Gaelic poet Angus Macnicol was invited to scribe the poetic and evocative lines which are routed on the benches.

Poetry and interpretive writing by Aonghas MacNeacail
Illustration by Owain Kirby
Graphic Design by Robin MacTaggart
Bench design and fabrication by Old School Fabrications

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