inHeritage developed and delivered a comprehensive package of heritage interpretation for the newly created Bedford River Valley Park.
We interpreted the archaeological, historical, natural and geological landscape of the park from its formation as glacial gravels to its current use.
We worked with a range of archaeological and historical sources. The key documents were archaeological reports produced for a series of excavations across the park and a nearby retail park. We also conducted oral history with people who worked on the railway and power station.
The media we produced
We created a series of interpretation panels, QR-code-linked webpages, podcasts, a temporary exhibition, audio listening posts, PDF downloadable trails, children’s activity sheets and a geocache trail. We also commissioned a series of detailed reconstruction drawings and undertook archaeological artefact photography to illustrate the various media.
Each panel includes a shortened weblink, QR code and NFC tag linking the panel to a mobile-friendly webpage with a YouTube video or mp3 audio oral history file expanding on the panel theme. Each media-rich page then links to a text and image based page, which expands on the panel subject.
Client: Bedford Borough Council and Marston Vale Trust
Project Manager: Vanessa Clarke
Duration: June 2013 – March 2015