Women in Religion

St Mary’s Convent

St Mary’s, Handsworth is an historic Grade II listed convent designed by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1841.

Event’s brief was to tell the story of the past, present and future of the Sisters of Mercy and to illustrate Pugin’s vision through his building.

Displays are threaded through the building. Showcased collections document the Sister’s changing way of life.

An audiovisual depicting their work with the most vulnerable people in 21st century Britain is suspended, icon-like, at the end of the beautiful stepped corridor leading to the chapel.

Interactives allow for exploration in depth and provide a window into the future. Graphic elements are inspired by Pugin: highly coloured, layered, and decorative.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Direction
  • Design and Construct





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‘Grateful thanks for making the Heritage Project a reality and a dream come true. It has given new life and hope to Handsworth and beyond.

You were a great team to work with, so professional and challenging at times. Your sensitivity in capturing our story is evident in all the presentations. They will be a source of inspiration for many people into the future. ’

Sister Ita Keane
On behalf of the Trustees, Mercy Union Generalate