History and Heritage – Wallis Agency

History and Heritage

Outdoor interpretation for the Kitchen Garden at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy

About six or seven years ago we asked ourselves a few questions:

A) What work to we like doing best?

B) What do we think is our best work?

C) Who do we like working with?

The jury didn’t need any extra time to come up with a verdict: heritage and museums. At the time we had done a lot of exhibition design work at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and designed the logo, guides, brochures, family trails and schools packs for Dorset County Museum.

So, we started to work on heritage exhibitions, interpretation, trails and other design as a core offering, and it’s proved very successful.

In 2017 we became part of the first ever approved designers roster for the National Trust in the South West, and we’ve been working with them ever since on some amazing projects – wonderful stuff for a wonderful organisation.


‘In 2017 we became part of the first ever approved designers roster for the National Trust in the South West’


We’ve also worked with the RNLI, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Swanage Pier, Worcestershire & Warwickshire Museums Service, the Jurassic Coast Museums Partnership and Dorchester Town Council on some great heritage design projects. We’re also working with English Heritage at Muchelney Abbey in Somerset at the moment.

The thing we love about heritage design is that it’s always individual and bespoke – there’s a new challenge with each project and a chance to think big and think different.


‘The thing we love about heritage design is that it’s always individual and bespoke – there’s a new challenge with each project’


National heritage is very much in the news at the moment. It’s important to everyone and stories need to be told. That’s why it’s such a fascinating and rewarding sector to work in. And that’s why we love it.