Client: English Heritage
Role: Branding | Exhibition design | Interpretive design | Print management

Richmond Castle

Drawing of a loved one © English Heritage

Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire one housed conscientious objectors in its Cell Block. While incarcerated they, and others, plastered the walls with thousands of graffiti images and messages – personal records of lives, loves and beliefs. The graffiti is a unique and valuable record of these men’s lives and the times in which they lives.

English Heritage is currently undertaking conservation work to preserve the graffiti, reduce water ingress and record the images for the future.

Bivouac has been busy working on new branding, exhibition materials and external panels to help promote and interpret the Cell Block project.

We developed a brand inspired by the graffiti, letter styles, line quality and  materials present in the Cell Block. The logo is  hand-lettered and uses print-making techniques and scratched materials to achieve a result that feels created by human hand.

Take a walk around the Cell Blocks with this video.

Click here to find out more about Cell Block project and to see more of the graffiti.

Richmond Castle: Cell Block banners

Richmond Castle: Cell Block banners

Dense graffiti at Richmond Castle Cell Block © English Heritage

Dense graffiti at Richmond Castle Cell Block © English Heritage

Dense graffiti at Richmond Castle Cell Block © English Heritage

“Bivouac created a project identity for the Cell Block project at Richmond Castle. The strength in the Bivouac approach is in taking time to connect with the themes they are working with, in discussing and sharing ideas with the client – teasing out the core values then subtly reflecting these back in the design work. At Richmond Bivouac proved excellent partners, helping the in-house team to hone our vision with the resultant design work giving the project a clear definition and flexibility across a number of platforms.” Senior Collections Curator, English Heritage

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