Heritage Interpretation, Cowra POW Camp ruins

This suite of signs focuses on heritage interpretation – the stories of the POWs and guards. As of 2014 there are 13 signs/stories. All the timber buildings were removed at the time the camp was closed in March 1947. All that remains in the area are concrete and brick foundations plus a ‘Stone Hut’. Date: August 2013 – July 2014 Service: Interpretive planning, shelter design, research, identify themes, write content, design, mapping, installation design, image sourcing, and project manage production. Specs: Camp Ruins – 13 interpretive signs revealing human interest stories – showcased here Related Projects: Viewing Platform – 4 large interpretive signs covering the main nationalities involved – Australians, Japanese, Italians and Indonesians. Two smaller signs 900mm wide x 900mm high, one with Japanese text and the other as a tribute to the four Australians who died during the breakout. Wayfinding – a linking walk from the Japanese Gardens to the POW Camp – 6 signs Blades – at the entrance to the POW Camp – upright panels fixed to corten steel Arrival Area – overview of WWII in relation to Cowra – 2 signs “War” and “Peace” Mobile website to work as a mini tour guide – still in development Client: Cowra Council Cowra POW Camp – heritage interpretation in the camp ruins Cowra is the site of the breakout by Japanese prisoners from the No 12 POW Camp, on the 5th August 1944. This is the largest prisoner of war breakout in modern military history. 231 Japanese prisoners died during the escape attempt. Four Australian soldiers also died. … Continue reading Heritage Interpretation, Cowra POW Camp ruins