Prittlewell Priory

Prittlewell Priory

A truly historic site in the heart of Southend, Prittlewell is an unforgettable experience for all visitors

Interpretive strategy, museum design and build

In order to bring longevity to the history of the site and to increase access and visitor numbers to the museum, Southend Borough Council successfully gained Heritage Lottery funding to redevelop the Priory. PLB were therefore commissioned to support the preparation of their HLF application, by developing an interpretation plan for the site, and generating the design and implementation of new displays to enhance the visitor experience.

PLB responded with imaginative and highly interactive interpretation and display designs. The new journey takes visitors back in time with a hands-on experience, enabling them to actively expand their understanding about the different communities who lived at the Priory, whilst also encouraging them to connect the clued to the past within the remaining building, landscape and objects.

Visitors sit and view informative video at Prittlewell Priory as part of an enhanced experience
The exterior of Prittlewell Priory within its historic surroundings

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“Working with PLB was a breath of fresh air, so different to our last experience of working with consultants and I have been asking myself all the way through why on earth we didn’t appoint you the last time round – perhaps if we had, the Old Chapel might have been restored by now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!”

Stuart Beck Upminster, Old Chapel (2011)

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“I can’t praise PLB highly enough, they have been involved with us for the past few years on preparing an HLF bid and the Exhibition. PLB has interpreted our thoughts and applied their green museum principles to the project. The quality of their work is excellent and they quite often put more into the contract than is specified.“

Peter Vadden, Southend Borough Council

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