Abbey signs created by Furneaux Stewart

Furneaux Stewart has designed signs, graphic panels and audio-visual displays for a visitor centre that opens at Scotland’s Arbroath Abbey on 5 August.

The creative work tells the history of the abbey, which was founded in the 12th century. The consultancy also recreated an interior of nearby Abbot’s House and produced signs for the area around the site’s gatehouse and guest house.

Furneaux Stewart won the project following an unpaid credentials pitch in early 1999. The client is Historic Scotland, Angus Council and Scottish Enterprise Tayside.

Creative director Laurie Stewart, who led the creative work, says, ‘Selected message points relate the remains of the abbey to the life of the monks and tell visitors how each building was used and looked at the time.’

Simpson & Brown Architects designed the shell of the visitor centre and Touchstone Heritage Management Consultants did historical research for the interior work by Furneaux Stewart.

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