Horden Denes is an area on the Durham Coast that for many years was at the heart of the region's coal mining. A colliery once stood here and the beach was and still is covered in coal. Since the mine closed, the coastline has been regenerating with species starting to flourish again.
We worked closely with Differentia to provide all the interpretative copywriting for the GRP and oak totems. Our stories explored coal mining, life in the colliery and the social life that supported everyone. We also revealed the ways in which regeneration has been working and the species that are returning. The project produced an integrated suite of interpretation including a butterfly sculpture, seating and carved features.
Sample Text from the oak totems:
In the 1920s, Horden Beach was one of the best coastlines in the UK. Sandy beaches, clear waters and stunning scenery enticed thousands of people to its shore each year. Others came for the fishing, Punch and Judy shows or to buy souvenirs and ice-creams from the Arabs who sold their goods from the beach. Even while relaxing here, you would have been aware of the prominence of the Horden Colliery; the pits visible from the water’s edge.
The community has worked incredibly hard to recover the natural beauty of the area and are justifiably proud of their efforts. We were thrilled to hear that the project won an award in the Durham Environment Awards.