Event Communications picks up archaeology exhibition brief for Hadrian’s Wall visitor attraction

Event Communications is working on exhibition and interpretive designs for a new visitor attraction at Roman Maryport in Cumbria, as part of a programme of renewal across the Hadrian’s Wall Unesco World Heritage Site.

The consultancy was appointed by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage in March following a tender process, and has been tasked with working alongside architect Capita Symonds on the new museum (pictured), which is set to open in 2012.

Event says the museum will focus on the process of archaeology, with exhibits at the site explored through a central exhibition at the former Senhouse Roman Museum and a new extension. There will also be a live archaeological excavation on the site focusing on the remains of an early second-century Roman fort and civilian settlement.

Lucy Edmonds, project interpreter for Event, says the consultancy will be working on three galleries, parts of the foyer, cafe and shop, and external elements as part of the live dig.

The Roman Maryport development is part of a string of linked attractions that will stretch across Hadrian’s Wall as part of a capital investment programme by HWH and other partners.

Michael Baker, sustainable development director at HWH, says, ’HWH has developed a strategic programme of capital developments designed to create a connected set of visitor experiences along the wall which are high quality and distinctive parts of the greater narrative of the finest remaining Roman frontier within the Roman Empire.’

The programme includes a £2.5m project to develop a new Roman gallery within Carlisle’s Tullie House, and associated public-realm works.

The gallery design work is being carried out by Redman Design, and is expected to be completed in April 2011. Associated public-realm work, which includes the development of new wayfinding and signage, is being created by landscape architect TEP. Work is being led by Tullie House and Carlisle Renaissance.

Also in development is the Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum in Northumberland, a project led by the Vindolanda Trust. The redeveloped museum, with architecture by Andrew R Hamilton Building and Design, and exhibition design by Studio MB, is set to open in March 2011.

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