After several years of planning, consultation and development, Great Malvern: Route to the Hills is off to a flying start. A successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2015 and the recent appointment of the Learning & Community Engagement Officer has allowed preparation for the route’s installation, and delivery of associated activities, to commence ready for next year.
Outside Studios was recently contracted to design and create the signage and interpretation panels which will guide participants on the route around Great Malvern. The company, who has created imaginative interpretation for both Thinktank in Birmingham, as well as Dunham Massey in Cheshire, has been involved with the project since the development phase last year, where they helped develop design plans as part of the funding application. They are currently looking at a technical review of the sign and plaque locations for the route, and are investigating the artist/craft requirements for the creative commissions along the route. Installation of the route is scheduled to start late spring 2015.
The Learning &Community Engagement Officer – Katy Wade – was appointed in July 2015 on a part time basis. She will be working with the partners and other community organisations to help deliver a series of activities which celebrate some of the history the route highlights in Great Malvern and the surrounding areas. One of the first activities she will be helping to co-ordinate will be the commissioning of a new play about Great Malvern, to be written and directed by Perfect Circle, ready for delivery summer 2017.
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