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Interpretation was installed throughout the forest and gardens.

Subtle interpretation was introduced in the cottage.


The National Trust - Hardy's Cottage and Visitor Centre


Working with the National Trust and Dorset County Council Martello provided interpretive planning, design, content, production and installation services for both Hardy’s cottage and the newly built Hardy’s birthplace Visitor Centre. The aim was to transform Hardy’s birthplace into a memorable visitor experience and a valuable local resource while at the same time uniting the landscape, cottage and visitor centre.


Interpretation included a suite of guidebooks for the cottage along with hidden information that visitors are encouraged to discover for themselves. Within the visitor’s centre Martello produced a short film covering the landscape which inspired Hardy’s work across four seasons, as well as providing information on the flora and fauna in the surrounding forest and heathland.


Martello also completely updated and redesigned the wayfinding throughout the site and surrounding wood to ensure that the visitor journey from start to finish had a cohesive style in line with National Trust identity guidelines..


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