Chase Through Time was a historic landscape survey and research project to unravel thousands of years of human activity across Cannock Chase. The project used aerial photographs and lidar to interpret and map 565 (436 new) archaeological sites. Members of the local community volunteered to investigate certain sites on the ground to further understanding.

We were asked to create a mobile exhibition and leaflet that shared the project findings with the general public. Our role began with identifying the project’s key themes from the large final report and writing concise case studies that were representative of the work undertaken. Each of the four banners addresses a different theme and interprets the main findings. The leaflet highlights seven case studies, each linked to a different technique used during the project.

“Dan was engaged to produce the printed interpretation outputs for the Chase Through Time Project, a HLF-funded historic landscape survey and research project led by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Historic England. The aim of the project was to unravel over 2000 years of man’s activity across Cannock Chase, some 26 square miles of rural landscape in the West Midlands which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chase Through Time was very much a collaborative effort between professionals and volunteers and Dan’s role was to utilise and synthesise the information and better understanding of the Chase generated by them to create vivid, engaging, and educational interpretive material in the form of pull up banners, which would form part of a travelling exhibition, and a leaflet which has been distributed widely across the county. Dan had a clear understanding of the task in hand, was conversant with the subject matter, and was able to digest a sizeable amount of information, which was often specialist in nature, into attractive, engaging and informative outputs. I would be more than happy to work with him on future projects and have absolutely no qualms about recommending him and his work to others.”

Shane Kelleher, County Archaeologist, Staffordshire County Council