Greenham Common Control Tower interpretation 2018

  • Greenham - Cold War lift the flap panel; copyright Faith Carpenter
    A handmade lift the flap panel in the Permanent Exhibition; partly to reduce the visibly large amount of text about the Cold War

Project brief:

I was given a lovely open-ended brief: ‘interpret the tower’, the tower being Berkshire’s Greenham Common Control Tower, which was built in the early 1950s to support the Cold War on an RAF base best known for the women’s protests of the 1980s. The project ran for four months.

What I did:

  • Researched and wrote explanations of the use of every room on every door in the building
  • Researched and wrote a text and image timeline
  • Researched and wrote a photographic interpretation of the views from the octagonal Control Room
  • Researched and wrote an interpretation of the Cold War in five panels
  • Researched and wrote and ‘character’ panels, to bring the working base alive
  • Designed and installed interactive games and photo books
  • Installed cut vinyl lettering in the cafe
  • Placed directional and informative signs throughout

What I achieved: 

  • A warm, informative, highly visual look
  • A project finished before time and within the tight budget
  • Additional interactives/interpretation for those unable to climb the Grade II listed building’s stairs
  • Signage, interpretation, images or interactives in every room and corridor
  • Creative solutions on an extremely limited budget
  • Clients who are delighted