Client: English Heritage
Role: Graphic interpretation | Editorial design | Graphic design management | Illustration

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Large graphic image in Wellington Arch

2015 was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and to mark the event, English Heritage commissioned three flagship exhibitions in key sites associated with the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley: Wellington Arch and Apsley House in London, and Walmer Castle in Kent, home of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports.

‘Waterloo 1815 – The Battle for Peace’, at Wellington Arch, gives an overview of the battle, with a colourful exhibition over 2 floors, and interpretation of the views from the balconies. One of the houses in view is Apsley House (No. 1, London), home of the Iron Duke himself. In Apsley House, we designed panels, room books and an interactive ‘butler’ game. The interpretation here has to work with the ornate decor and draw attention to the wonderful works of art.

At Walmer Castle, we explored the Duke of Wellington’s career, the story of his death, the state funeral and the ‘celebrity’ status he attained during and after his life. We designed interactive boxes, a ‘print room’ and the Walmer Times interpretive magazine.

Leach Colour led the project. Thanks for the images Luke! (© Leach)

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Interpretation in Wellington Arch

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Film projected onto campaign table at Wellington Arch

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Interpretation of views from the balconies at Wellington Arch

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Room books in the ornate splendour of Apsley House (No 1 London)

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Interactive cabinets at Walmer Castle

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The Queen Mother’s garden interactive at Walmer Castle

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Can you see France? Interactive at Walmer Castle

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Staying with Queen Victoria interactive at Walmer Castle

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Characature interactive – try on some silly eyebrows!

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Walmer Life interpretive magazine

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Heavy external lecterns reflect the materials in the entrance of Walmer Castle

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External panels at Walmer Castle