New Battle of Bannockburn website launched


With 700 days to go until the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland have launched a new website to promote the medieval battle and the construction of a visitor’s centre that will make the site a major tourist destination.

The website, www.battleofbannockburn.com, includes a movie-style trailer, information about the 14th century battle, and a digital clock that counts down towards the 700th anniversary.

The website is part of a £9 million project to create one of the best visitor’s centre to promote medieval history. It will feature state-of-the-art 3D technology to engage people in an interactive experience which brings the realities of medieval battle to life in a way which has never been done before.

David McAllister, Project Director, National Trust for Scotland said, “The new Bannockburn brand represents what the project is trying to achieve, to educate audiences on the facts behind the Bannockburn story as accurately and compellingly as possible. The Trust takes pride in ensuring that the story of the battle is told in a way which gives every visitor the chance to enjoy the experience while paying respect to this critical point in Scottish history.”

Building work on the project started last month as construction and conservation work began to restore the monuments including the iconic Bruce statue and build the new visitor centre.

The new Battle of Bannockburn brand identity was conceptualised and designed by The Beautiful Meme with consultation from Dalton Maag, the type designers behind the legendary Nokia brand, amongst a host of other international brand names. The design reflects the complexities of Bannockburn, with each letter representing an integral part of the story. For example, the symbol used for the first B illustrates the tight packs in which the Scots would group together, known as Schiltrons. The men would brandish pikes ready to spear oncoming troops.

Tom Sharp, Creative Director of The Beautiful Meme commented, “We set out to create a visual identity that was both brutal and playful, full of meaning yet instantly accessible, and fresh without eschewing tradition – all the things the Visitor Centre itself is going to be. We want people to appreciate the identity before they visit, but appreciate it even more once they’ve had the full Bannockburn experience.”

Bruno Maag, Managing Director of Dalton Maag, added, “Truly good creative work is rarely the result of only one person, and this project proves it. As a typographer, it is my duty to focus on detail and functionality, as well as perfect execution. The Beautiful Meme were able to interpret my comments without changing the creative expression of the logo, and so we created a successful wordmark.”

The existing Bannockburn visitor centre is set to close on 31 October and will be demolished. From autumn 2012, there will be temporary visitor facilities onsite and the Bannockburn team will carry out an education outreach programme.

Click here to visit http://www.battleofbannockburn.com/

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Source: Historic Scotland