Westbourne Grammar School

Book / Film / Exhibition

Community of Believers

150 years after Westbourne Grammar was founded, the school wanted to celebrate its tight-knit community. The brief was to balance its remarkable history with its forward-thinking ethos. When it came to the book, Westbourne Grammar School supplied the manuscript, Hyphen brought it to life.

With more than 250 pages of historical detail, the book’s bold design and unique features, such as gatefolds and half pages, meant it remained accessible and engaging.

To get people excited about the forthcoming book, we produced a short documentary film and an installation for the launch event.

Services: Editing, design, typesetting, proof reading and book production; film concept and direction; installation content, design and production.

We photographed more than 100 significant pieces of memorabilia to capture the changing nature of school life in a contemporary way. These became a recurring motif in the book, as well as on banners and decals at the launch and for the rest of the 150th year.

The contemporary design reflects the school’s desire to value the past while looking to the future.


We were trying to represent our 150-year history in a respectful, but contemporary way. We were looking for a visual design that would draw people into the richness of the text. We’re incredibly proud of the results!’

Anne Bright, director of development, Westbourne Grammar School