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A collection of three books were produced to give background to the different Aspects of Fota.

The books covered the lives of all the people who lived and worked at Fota.

A suite of children's guide books were produced for different ages.

Each of the childrens books was hand illustrated thourghout.


Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens


Once the home of the Smith Barry Family and the Earls of Barrymore, Fota House became the first property to be cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust in 2007. Martello worked closely with the Trust on how best to interpret the house and its surrounding arboretum and gardens without intruding on the integrity of this important historical estate.


As the Trust had already established an enthusiastic and successful volunteers project, Martello worked with the team of guides and the Trust's Education Officer to produce a set of books covering three important aspects in the story of Fota; the history of the Smith Barry family; life as a servant in a big house and the arboretum and gardens. Working with the conservation architects, Martello "set dressed" a number of rooms in the house to recreate how they would have looked when the Smith Barry family were in residence and realising the importance of providing something for all visitors to Fota, young and old, Martello designed a series of garden and house trails for children and adults, full of activities and puzzles which are not only fun to do for all the family, but also teach them the history and stories of Fota island.


The estate at Fota covers several hundred acres and incorporates many different attractions, including the well known wildlife park, the arboretum and gardens, as well as the house itself. Martello designed a wayfinding system for the estate, that while being sympathetic to its surroundings also provides a clear and coherent directional tool for visitors to the estate, enabling them to both orientate themselves and find their way around easily.


Award Commended at the IDI Design Awards 2012 for Print Publications


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