Following an infestation of deathwatch beetle, St Barrwg’s Church, Caerphilly secured £260,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Church in Wales, CADW and Caerphilly County Borough Council, as well as a number of private donors.
As part of this project the church sought to interpret the heritage of the church, which stands on a site believed to have been used for Christian worship since 1102. It also wanted to:
- Enable the user to develop a deeper understanding of the various services of the church – baptisms, the Eucharist, weddings and funerals.
- Provide a means of exploring artefacts and objects within and around the church.
- Be capable of use for other purposes in future, for example displaying craft work from local schools.
Interactive touchscreen table
An interactive touch screen table, housed in an enclosure designed to be in keeping with the fabric of the church, allows visitors from the church and the wider community to explore the church building, highlighting items of specific historical interest including the font, pulpit and altarpiece through a plan view of the building.
With written content in English and Welsh displayed as a page turning book, complemented by audio and video, the touchscreen table allows visitors to explore the meaning of different services.
The look and feel of the interactive has been designed to appeal to a wide audience including families and school children who visit the church.