Land of Iron external interpretation

Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of a trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation in the North York Moors region. Core developed an external interpretation scheme across the national park to help visitors to visualise and engage with this lost industrial heritage.

The project has recorded, conserved and protected important industrial structures across the North York Moors National Park, helping nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces. A key outcome of the project was to help visitors understand and envisage this industrial landscape that has all but vanished from what we see today. Core achieved this by creating external interpretation that helps visitors connect with the area’s lost industrial heritage and appreciate its rich natural biodiversity.

The scheme includes external interpretation panels, tables and seating, panel-seating hybrids and place signs. Panels and signs feature sculptural Corten silhouettes that line up with visitor viewpoints to re-impose historic features back onto the landscape.

External tables feature tactile cast iron relief maps to help visitors locate and orient themselves within the historic landscape. We used LiDAR laser technology combined with historic map data to create the maps, which reimagine historic buildings, mines, rail and tramway systems, furnaces, kilns and other structures back onto the landscape. The iron of the maps will gradually oxidise over time, resulting in a beautiful rust orange effect.

Responding to the historic and natural environment, Core integrated elements from the region’s built heritage into the physical fabric of the scheme. Interpretation panels are supported by post made from reclaimed railway tracks, while tables and seating are made from robust industrial materials such as cast iron and heavy-duty oak.