The significant changes of the past 1000 years that have shaped the area need to be communicated as spatially and visually in the design of the area, but this needs to be done alongside – and where possible through – the personal stories of specific people who died here, were imprisoned here, transported from here, were elected here, voted here or protested here.
Bringing the Open Brief to life. In the future, what are people doing?
People feel they are in the site of the former castle, seeing the remaining walls (and walking along them), tracing the line in the ground, seeing the link to Baille Hill. #GatheringPlace #GatheringHeritage
People can visualise the height and scale of the Prison Walls, feeling awe and a slightly uneasy feeling! #GatheringPlace #GatheringHeritage
Imagining what it might have been like to hear William Wilberforce speak against the transatlantic slavery trade, seeking election as a Yorkshire MP, and reflect on what democracy is and should be today, and how debate is part of that. #GatheringPlace #GatheringHeritage
Being drawn into a space that makes you consider power and authority and what makes it legitimate. #GatheringPlace #GatheringHeritage
Heritage: Design Challenges
- Design of the space should choose appropriate places for articulating the specific stories of that place.
- Articulating the stories and histories should be done in ways – as far as possible – that are built into the environment through spatial design, views and integrated interpretation. How might outlines of the different phases of the area – Castle and Prison – be communicated? How might the last bit of wall and the back of the Female Prison be used to prompt the imagination? How might reflective space for remembering be created? How might democracy and its challenges be enacted spatially?