Exeter’s Underground Passages Princesshay, Exeter
Opened October 2007
Following the production of a design and interpretation plan for a new heritage centre linked to Exeter’s impressive Princesshay retail development, rfa was appointed as design-and-build contractor to bring the Exeter’s Underground Passages project to fruition. Themes include the story of the Passages (built in medieval times to carry fresh water to the city), the history of water in Exeter, medieval life in the city, archaeology of the Princesshay development (including finds from the recent excavations), and interactive displays showing the historic technologies utilised to create this phenomenon. Theatrical techniques were used for dramatic effect and interactive displays utilising hi- and low-tech solutions: to experience a flight through the Passages; to show how water was circulated around the city (including up hills); and to gain an authentic ‘feel’ of the Passages before going in.
This project earned RFA a Highly Commended at the 2008 Museums and Heritage Awards.
Visit the Underground Passages website here to find out more.