This lottery funded installation packs lots of local history into the exhibition copy, creating a family friendly 12-panel display.
The Battle of Edgehill was the first battle fought in the English Civil War. Local Warwickshire historians were granted funds to build a small exhibition in a church located near to the battle ground. The exhibition copy is aimed at telling families and school children about the heritage of their village.
A wide breadth of accurate historical facts needed to be covered by the exhibition copy. The source information was mainly a large collection of hand written and word-processed documents. This information was copy typed and categorised into twelve topics, one topic per panel. This text was then drastically copyedited, taking the most pertinent facts and re-writing them within the limited word count of each panel. Space on each panel was limited, as the exhibition copy needed to be legible from a distance of 1 to 2 metres.
Local primary school teachers provided written feedback suggesting how the exhibition could align with the current curriculum. These suggestions were incorporated in the exhibition copy for each panel, giving a broader historical context of the English Civil War and its drivers.
The exhibition opened in October 2015, and was well received by the local community.