Through designing and making bespoke exhibitions, displays and installations we are able to honour people’s stories and make them more accessible to a wider audience. When approaching story-centred interpretation we work closely with the people and community whose stories we want to share, as well as considering the needs of project partners. We seek to find a way of displaying stories that is contextually relevant, innovative and appropriate for the setting.

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Tea Chests adorned with stories for 'Guardians of the Reef'

An example of interpretation we devised is the circular installation, which formed part of an exhibition at Wheal Martyn Museum. Through the project we had gathered hours and hours of recordings, conducted on the high point of Carn Grey Rock, in which people shared with us their memories of the surrounding landscape. We wanted to share some of these stories whilst giving other people the experience of standing on Carn Grey Rock, immersed within this landscape. We therefore created a circular room lined with photographs that showed the same 360 degree view from Carn Grey Rock. On these large scale photographs we created artworks, incorporating transcribed snippets of text, archive images, collage, illustrations and stitch, to map some of the stories onto the landscape. On the outside of the installation we painted the horizon line of the same view and added vinyl lettering to share some of the lovely reflections that people had about this landscape.


South Devon & Channel Shellfishermen have really enjoyed working with Storylines on the Guardians of the Reef project.  Participants have been very complimentary about the whole process and the Storylines team have been able to take the very complex subject matter and turn it in to something accessible for a wider audience. 

The exhibition at Salcombe Maritime Museum and teachests of stories have given those with no understanding of fisheries, or the way they have shaped the local area, a wider appreciation of those things. Through a series of beautiful illustrations and collage, including an interactive element, people are given a snapshot into a local way of life and the memories of key individuals.

In conjunction with the physical exhibition, Storylines produced a series of digital stories, from historic photographs and extracts of lengthy and complex oral history interviews. These have already proven to encourage a deeper understanding of our heritage, way of life and importance to our coastal communities and we look forward to sharing them even more widely. 

Beshlie Pool,Executive Officer, South Devon and Channel Shellfishermen Ltd.