Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil Old Town Hall
A project with Nick Bell Design
Grade II* Listed Building
Exhibition architecture by Nick Coombe Architecture
Interpretation by Kate Hulme
Welsh script and translation by Rhodri Owen
AV consultancy BlackBox AV and Engage Productions
Voice/Over audio artists by Soho Voices and Lip Service
Build by Standard8
Photography by James Morris
The Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil re-opened on 1 March 2015 following its radical redevelopment into a new arts, education and cultural centre. We worked with Nick Bell Design and Nick Coombe Architecture on the year-long project creating exhibition installations throughout the building, combining graphic design, voice-over audio recording, designs for new carpets and interior features. The project captured the rich political, industrial and social history of the town as a catalyst for renewed cultural investment.
We directed the dramatisation of historcial written personal accounts as newly-voiced oral histories, giving visitors the chance to listen to previously ‘hidden’ community memories. These were integrated into graphically-charged, archive-inspired installations, installed throughout the public front-of-house areas. The project as a whole transformed what had become an abandoned Grade II* listed building into a new FE Performing Arts and Media College, cultural hub and heritage asset.