‘Dissemination and Design’ is a visualisation and dissemination project that aims to produce a set of interpretive graphic panels for public display, in two main contexts – in print and for exhibition. The aim is to demonstrate the dynamic and dramatic changes that occurred to the anthropogenic landscape of the area through time, as substantiated by the archaeological evidence uncovered at Minories. The changing nature of the landscape around Minories is a key research theme for the excavation, and indeed is central to the archaeological research agenda for London overall (Nixon et al. 2002).
The plot of land that 100 Minories today occupies has seen constant – and at times drastic – reinterpretations of its use and role within the East End of London. Whether oriented towards commercial, defensive, industrial or domestic use, the current archaeological excavation is showing us how this piece of land has served multiple purposes during the growth and development of London over roughly the past 500 years. 100 Minories is especially interesting as it shows what happens to a piece of land that goes from being on the periphery of an urban centre to being engulfed over time into the urban environment as London expanded.
This project aims to focus on the way in which archaeology (specific in this case, the key research theme of the concept of dynamism in the landscape of London) may be presented for public consumption. It seeks to achieve this through a strong grounding in illustration and graphic design, as well as traditional text-based media. Its outcomes will be a set of scalable interpretation panels to be featured at the 100 Minories Pop Up Museum exhibition and printed in the 100 Minories official Guide Book at the end of the project.
NIXON, T.J.P., MACADAM, E., TOMBER, R., SWAIN, H. (EDS.), 2002. A research framework for London archaeology 2002. Museum of London, London.