Matt Langstaff and his joiner Chris Norcliffe made short work of installing the new project panels and audio player. We found a socket wasn’t working so we have to go back and install an extension cable but everything is all set up and working otherwise and we are really pleased with how the new panels blend in with the original displays. The first panel sits alongside the centre’s original panels in the lobby.
There are three more panels in the main byre area of the centre. The first one tells the story of how the cowhouses were once used, with memories of tying cows and the daily round in the winter of milking, watering and foddering them.
The next panel describes the long history of the cowhouses, starting with the first Viking settlers who gave names to all the parts of the cowhouse.
We then came to the audio panel which allows visitors to listen to stories from five of our project participants alongside some information about the conservation work we have been doing in the area on several cowhouses.
We were impressed by the quality of the audio playback through the headphones.
Finally, we added extra labels to the village map, highlighting the cowhouses that feature on it.
A final tidy up and we left, well pleased with the results.