markerstones for the millennium

The view at site 12 photographed by Rose Butler


InscribeNOW launched Sites of Meaning once the seventeen boundary stones were complete. It included the creation of the Village Stone, a photographic residency with workshops for schools, an exhibition of images, the generation of publicity for Sites of Meaning and a final celebration re-uniting the parishioners and project activitists.
Village Stone
At the suggestion of the Parish Council, a central stone was created to draw attention to the seventeen boundary stones. Carved onto a stone picnic table, it takes the form of a word compass indicating the direction of the boundary marker stones.
Rose Butler, artist and photographer, was appointed to document Sites of Meaning and provide a record of its completion. Rose used a panoramic format for this work, often focusing on the stone in its particular context. You can see Rose's panoramic images and read her reflection on InscribeNOW using the tabs below.
Parallel with the workshop, Sites of Meaning entertained sixthformers from The Brunts School in Mansfield and Lady Manner's School in Bakewell. The students worked on their own text and image panoramas after visits to Middleton and two visits by Rose to each school.
The collection of images created by Rose Butler and the students was exhibited in Castle Field, which runs along one of the main pavements in Middleton by Youlgrave. It is estimated that over 500 people saw this exhibtion. Later the images were used in a touring exhibition, visiting schools and libraries to publise Sites of Meaning.
Working with images taken by Rose Butler and other photographers, plus the wealth of information collected by Sites of Meaning, we created publicity and information for visitors. This included visitor information packs for Tourist Information Centres and local Bed and Breakfast accomodation, educational packs for visiting schools and colleges, together with this website.
information leaflet
A key part of this publicity is the visitor information leaflet which was created by Chesterfield College students after an organised visit to Sites of Meaning. Each of the fifteen students produced a design for the leaflet and from these we chose one created by Amy Mingkwan. You can download it from this website.
We officially completed Sites of Meaning on 2 June 2006 - seven years after its inception! We marked the event with a celebration tea, re-uniting the villagers with all those who had worked on Sites of Meaning. Over one hundred people attended this event.