The Churches Conservation Trust look after churches that are no longer in everyday use, but have important history and stories to tell, (and fabric to maintain). This is just the case at St. Mary’s historic Church, in Hartley Wintney in Hampshire. This is a 12th century building, originally constructed by Nuns from a local convent – yes that’s right it was built by Nuns!!
We were asked to provide advice on creating some interpretation graphics that could be easily set up and taken down – the church is not open to visitors all the time and staffed by volunteers when it is open. Services are held from time to time on special occasions and the graphics therefore had to be easy to remove, store, and replace.
In addition to this, we suggested creating a leaflet guide for visitors to use outside the church – there are graves of some significant individuals in the churchyard, and views of where the convent used to be.