This summer, the community have come together to collaborate on new information boards celebrating Wallingford’s heritage.
Facilitated by artist Kremena Dimitrova, Wallingford School, Wigod Way Family Centre and Waterside Court Care Home co-created art work which has been used to design imaginative boards around Wallingford, with the text written with Wallingford Museum.

Kremena Dimitrova is a London based illustrator-as-historian and storyteller. She specialises in children’s illustration, comics, murals, public art installations, mapmaking/trails, and visual storytelling in the cultural, heritage, and education sectors. She often works with archives and collections and uses a mixture of creative approaches, such as character development, humour, rhymes, words, and images, to bring narratives to life.

An important part of her process is to co-collaborate with the community. Artwork produced from community workshops has been used to produce digital collages about our heritage in Wallingford.

A children’s trail has also been created as part of this project, called ‘Exploring Wallingford’s history in Rhythm and Rhyme with the Queen of Crime’. Leaflets of the trail will be available to pick up from the Town Information Centre and Wallingford Museum.

A note from Kremena on this project:

As a true history enthusiast, I have had the greatest pleasure and privilege of collaborating with Wallingford Town Council, Wallingford Museum, and Wallingford’s creative and friendly community over the past few months. We drew and laughed, and walked and talked, not necessarily in this order. We traced and monoprinted Wallingford’s past and present heritage during a series of art and storytelling workshops. I gathered all the stories, ideas, and artworks and co-created 10 colourful, playful, and interactive information boards’ designs that are both nostalgic and forward-looking. In order to excite different ages, locals, as well as tourists alike about our history-mystery trail with an Agatha Christie twist, I have interweaved text, images, patterns, crossword questions, and rhymes with a hint of humour. There is a little bit for every taste. The images we generated during the workshops were so lovely that we even decided to set up an exhibition at the Town Hall ‘Exploring Wallingford’s History in rhythm and rhyme with the Queen of Crime’.

Enjoy our co-created history-mystery trail and exhibition and I hope you will manage to answer all the questions Agatha Christie has for you.

Thank you, stay creative, and see you again soon!


Answers to the quiz are available here.