Having provided interpretive copy for a new waymarking scheme for historic Penrith, Eden District Council then invited me to develop new interpretation to further encourage visitors and shoppers to engage with the town’s heritage.


I hit on the idea of creating treasures for Penrith’s shop windows - handsome little bespoke displays to dot around town to intrigue window-shoppers and encourage them to explore.  I gathered relevant historic objects - from pottery and coins to bike horns and bottles - then wrote short, provocative graphics. To add another dimension, we held an informal creative writing workshop with local writers and I interspersed snippets of their evocative writing into the interpretation.


The project was a great success on a very modest budget, not least because local shopkeepers were delighted to be involved in hosting the displays and, excitingly, a new Penrith writing group was established as a direct result of our workshop.

Penrith's Pedestrian Movement Strategy aims to encourage visitors to explore the historic town centre on foot

Thanks for all your work to make

this a success; it has attracted

many accolades due to your input

                                 Alan Houghton

       Economic Regeneration Officer

                         Eden District Council

An old George Bird beer bottle was displayed in this lighting shop, which overlooks the site of the original Bird brewery
Historic postcards of the Market Square were prominently displayed in the popular grocer-deli overlooking the square
Enthusiastic local amateur writers responded beautifully to the historic objects gathered for the project

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