This project was the brainchild of Sylvie Clayden, a Pewsey artist, and was brought to life by Graphic Designer and Copyeditor Mark Dawson, Susie Brew of Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership and Sylvie.
A pen and ink map of the Vale of Pewsey, drawn in 1808 was sourced from the British Library who supplied a digital scan from the original which was then digitally colour washed. This beautiful map forms the central element in the design of each individual historical board.
Professor Jim Leary, who had run the Reading University archaeological digs at Marden Henge, wrote the pre-history of the Vale and Mark Dawson the modern for the generic boards.
Sylvie then approached local farmers, groups, parish councils, visitor centres and businesses at locations where an external / internal information board would be visible and involved them in the creation of text and inclusion of images, specific to each site.
The aim of the project is to bring awareness from pre history to the present day of the heritage of the Vale as a whole, combined with village histories for those who have chosen to be involved. As well as being positioned in villages and visitor destinations, the boards have been distributed to a number of public places including schools, libraries and pubs.
There are now 45 boards distributed throughout the Vale of Pewsey, each one is unique and helps visitors and locals alike to understand the landscape they are in and gain a sense of place, so keep your eyes peeled!
There are also some smaller (500mmsq), generic information boards which are for indoor use – these are available for £20 each from the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership (email firstname.lastname@example.org) with all proceeds going to the Pewsey Heritage Centre.
The final piece of the jigsaw was to get the map online with ‘pop-ups’ of information for each of the board locations. Susie Brew of the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership was able to host the map on the website and worked with Sylvie, Mark and a programmer in America to achieve an online version.
The main project was funded by the Cooperative 1% Community Fund and the online project was funded by the Pewsey Area Board.