Interpretation Board

Welcome to Shelley Signs. We are a leading supplier of external signs and panels with particular expertise in Interpretation Boards. For a chat about the options phone Robert Shelley on 01743 460996 or to request more details complete this Enquiry Form

Shelley Signs offer a full service for Interpretation Boards – please follow these links for more information about our in-house design,  submitting your own artworkFraming Optionsmaterials and general guidance about Interpretation Boards.   Guidance on maps and popular styles can be found at the Maps link.

Also known as Interpretive, Interpretative signs, panels, boards

Product Overview

An interpretation board is a form of displaying information in a vibrant and inviting way whilst educating and influencing visitors. An effective interpretation board will not only relay to the visitors the importance of where they are but try to give them the urge to discover the site further and therefore gather more information.

Many organisations like Natural England, The National Trust, SNH, Environmental Agencies and Local Authorities to mention a few, all use interpretation boards to aid their organisation in explaining the important and/or historical facts relating to their sites.

Technical Specification

An important key factor in the production of interpretation boards is graphic design. Shelley Signs has a highly skilled and trained graphic design department. Our design department has an array of programmes available to them including Apple Mac. We can undertake a project at any stage, our experienced design department offers a full research and design service. This service is ideal for those clients who have little experience in this type of project or just don’t have the time to undertake such a demanding and time-consuming project.

Shelley Signs are always working to help save the environment, and recently we had a need to upgrade our flatbed printers, with our company’s ethos in mind we decided that the Mimaki JF 1631 met all our requirements. Not only does the Mimaki JF 1631 produce high-quality printing with no material wastage, but there are also no VOCs emitted during production, making the Mimaki JF 1631 the ideal choice for Shelley Signs.

A majority of our outdoor interpretive panels and signs are produced in Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), the GRP panels and signs are the best choice for outdoor signs as they are more hardy towards the forces of nature and the forces of humans including graffiti and vandalism. We also produce interpretation panels and signs made from Polycarbonate, High Impact Acrylic, Foamex and Dibond, these types of materials do have certain drawbacks when placed in the wrong location, we would strongly recommend seeking advice from ourselves before embarking on an interpretation board made from anything except GRP, we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate material to use for each interpretation panel location.

The final stage of production is the framing of the interpretation boards, the decision upon which frame to use depends strongly on the location and positioning of your boards. We offer a wide range of framing styles and materials from steel or oak lectern frames, vertical post mounted structures to mounts on walls or cairns. If you were to choose an Oak lectern frame you can rest assured that the Oak will be of high quality and will also only be purchased from a Forestry Stewardship Council Supplier (FSC). Our steel lectern frames are all made from mild steel which is then galvanised and sprayed to your particular choice of colour.

Case Study

Shelley Signs were commissioned by The City of Stoke on Trent to produce a wide range of interpretation boards. The interpretation boards were being manufactured to interpret the history and legacy of Burslem using a large selection of images, photographs and text that the client had provided, on this occasion our editorial service was required to rewrite the client’s text. The interpretation boards contained information about Moorcroft, Wedgewood and other lesser-known pottery manufacturers.