We were appointed as conservation architects to lead the restoration of St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Aberfoyle in 2006. The project was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust, the Scottish Episcopal Church Maintenance Fund and other trusts. To acknowledge this funding, and to assist in the wider understanding of the historical development of the church building and its restoration, our heritage consultancy team produced a triptych of interpretation panels.
Various archival sources were used to inform the descriptive text, and photography was procured that highlighted features of interest, and detailed the narrative of the restoration, completed in 2009.
The panels were installed in the nave of the church. As a result of the sensitive and prominent location next to the baptismal font, it was decided to install the panels within an attractive custom-made timber structure. This held the main interpretation panel on the back face, with two side panels fitted on the inner side of closing door panels – allowing the interpretation to be on display for visitors, and for it to be discreetly closed so as not distract from important ceremonies.