Local Simon Berry shares his thoughts and observations on the new interpretation panels that are starting to appear around Great Malvern.
If you have walked round Great Malvern recently you may have noticed some impressive new signs positioned at various places. These interesting and entertaining monolith structures were installed to inform people about the fascinating history of the town.
Most people are aware of Elgar’s connections to the area, but do you know how George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and CS Lewis are linked to Malvern?
Did you know that water flows from springs on the hills at around 700 litres a minute or that cathode ray tubes and touch screens originated from Malvern?
Each monolith contains a local map on one side and some interesting facts on the other side. These refer to various diverse themes including Malvern Water, creative Malvern and innovative and scientific Malvern.
Informative and amusing pictures accompany the descriptions. One picture in particular suggested that not everyone found the “water cure”, a pleasant experience!
When I visited Priory Park last week, I saw several people studying the signs carefully and reading the descriptions with interest, despite the cold weather.
These monoliths were installed by a highly skilled creative organisation Outside Studios on behalf of Route to the Hills. Route to the Hills is a heritage funded lottery project which is creating a walking route through Great Malvern from the railway station up to Rose Bank Gardens.
The signs around Great Malvern also draw attention to local sites of interest. Other unique structures are due to be added in the New Year. You might keep an eye out for the “hairy legged bench” which is coming to Priory Park in 2017!