15 Apr 2014
The final part of the Cripp's Corner Project was the design and erection of an interpretation panel. In actual fact, vineyard owner Roy Cook's original inquiry was purely to ask for information for a small sign he was planning - the vegetation clearance, excavation and slit trench opportunities all came about as a result of this!
Roy had been using a home-made information print-out for his vineyard visitors, who were constantly asking questions about the dragon's teeth on his land.
Once the fieldwork projects had been completed, we had some fascinating new evidence to add to the story.
At this point, we turned to our IT expert, Peter Hibbs, who booted up Photoshop and started compiling material for the panel.
It was not an easy brief; the stated dimensions of the panel were 1.5m wide by 75cm high, which is an enormous canvas to work with. The problem was not a paucity of material however, but too much. The text also needed to reach out to an audience who may not know much, if anything, about the subject.
After many hours of writing, rewriting and rearranging of elements, Pete came up with a design that tells the story of Cripp's Corner nodal point defences, the defences around the vineyard and the SMHS project.
The design was sent to a professional sign manufacturer who duly made up the panel.
Our interpretation panel was finally mounted in the vineyard in October 2014, near the arc of seven dragon's teeth that formed the centre-piece of the project.
One element on the board is a QR code, which provides quick access to these pages for information and photographs that we couldn't fit onto the finished panel.
The interpretation panel is a fitting conclusion to our project and we expect it to be the first of many!
Our thanks go to our team for all their hard work and also to Roy Cook for the opportunity to undertake this project!
More information about Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard can be found at: http://www.englishorganicwine.co.uk.
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