PLB : Basing House History Park, Basingstoke- Creative design and consultancy for cultural and natural heritage

Basing House History Park, Interpretation Strategy | Exhibition Design and Build

Client: Hampshire County Council
Location: Basingstoke
Value: £220,000
Date: 2009 - 2010

The Brief:

  • PLB previously undertook an audience development plan for the former Wigan History Shop which supported a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
  • To create an overall interpretive vision for the site, addressing key access and visitor management issues and enabling visitors to discover the hidden stories of Basing.
  • To attract new audiences and increase visitor numbers.

Our Solutions:

  • We came up with a range of design solutions for the interpretive media; these included ‘viewers’, way-finding signage and ‘discovery points’ incorporating replica site discoveries.
  • ‘Person, Pamphlet or Podcast’ tours bring colourful historical characters of Basing to life.

The Result:

  • A new visitor centre houses collection items and tactile models and serves as a start point for the tours.
  • PLB also worked with the Friends of Basing House to produce a complementary scheme for a small museum in Basing Lodge.


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