Launched in 2017, Culture Mile is a joint initiative between core partners The City of London Corporation; the Barbican; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; London Symphony Orchestra; and the Museum of London. Culture Mile’s mission is to bring contemporary culture to the Square Mile – an area rich in history, but better known globally as a financial, rather than creative, hub. Since launching they’ve organised numerous imaginative collaborations and exciting events – such as Smithfield 150, a free family-focused festival and Jason Bruges’ latest kinetic installation ‘Brutalist Tapestry’.
However, Culture Mile – which broadly spans Farringdon to Moorgate – has been a complex challenge since the project began. Whether charting all of its Culture Mile Learning partners (which includes St. Paul’s Cathedral and Keats House) or simply signposting everyday visitors to the offering in the spaces between the core partners, defining the area has been a challenge.
Our task is to help define the location and to create a series of maps to help visitors better navigate the growing number of attractions – to give them the confidence to explore each area by themselves – and to uphold Culture Mile’s aim of making everything welcoming, accessible and easy to navigate.
We couldn’t have asked for something better suited to our team’s strengths in both wayfinding and placemaking terms. It fits perfectly with our passion – to connect people with places and create experiences that make a difference – is local to us, and something visitors can enjoy for years to come.