7th September 2021 — Kai, who is now in the Sixth Form at Pocklington School, based the logo design on the bronze Iron Age shield, found in Pocklington in 2018, and hailed as the most important British Celtic art object of the millennium. Kai took inspiration from the shape and decoration on the shield and incorporated it into a distinctive and striking design for PDHT. Kai has also designed and built a website for the Trust, which was launched at the end of July.
Pocklington District Heritage Trust was formed to promote and showcase heritage in the town of Pocklington and nearby villages, and is made up of representatives of local organisations, archaeologists and interested and expert individuals. Pocklington is known as the 'Gateway to the Wolds' and as such is a perfect place to create a heritage centre and museum to house the exciting finds discovered in the town and surrounding district.
The Trust will be making a presentation to Kai to say thank you for all his work on the project. Kai has recently completed his GCSEs and will join Pocklington School’s Sixth Form this September to study A Levels in Computer Science, Art, Product Design and Economics. He then plans to take a multi-disciplinary degree in the USA covering subjects including design, computer science and business. Kai, from Pocklington, already has considerable experience in computer design, completing his first project in his early days at school, aged 12, and going on to undertake a number of freelance commissions. More examples of his work can be found on https://www.kaiswanborough.com/
Phil Gilbank, chairman of Pocklington District Heritage Trust said: “The discoveries at Pocklington in recent years are of international importance and are rewriting our prehistoric history. What makes the district special is the outstanding local landscape, plus evidence and artefacts of six thousand years of continuous human occupation in and around Pocklington.
“We face a big challenge but are committed to creating a heritage facility that tells the story of the district’s past and keeps the recent finds where they were discovered. Kai’s great work will really help us promote the Trust’s message, and the website will be key in informing and updating the public. I hope everyone will log on https://pocklingtondistrictheritagetrust.org/ to learn more about us and see how they can support the project.”
Sheena McNamee, External Relations Director, Pocklington School, and a PDHT trustee, said: “Supporting and being actively involved in projects in our local community is an important part of our School ethos, for both staff and pupils. Having the opportunity to design a logo and a website for PDHT has been a great experience for Kai and PDHT now have a strong brand image to convey the importance of the project on a national scale.”