Bradgate Park covers 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside a few miles outside Leicester. First enclosed as a deer park about 800 years ago, the Park has a wild and rugged aspect with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees. Within the Park are the ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.
Creative Good was commissioned by Bradgate Park Trust to develop a temporary exhibition within the Chapel – the only portion of house still largely intact. The Chapel interior was undergoing extensive renovation and the Park wished to introduce modest interpretation into the rejuvenated space, to tell the story of the Chapel and the Grey family who built and used it. Modern interventions needed to be capable of withstanding the fluctuations in temperature and humidity of the unheated environment, and fixings into the historic fabric were to be avoided.
We developed a suite of interpretive graphics, comprising free-standing cassette stands and suspended banners, all constructed from exterior grade materials. The Chapel re-opened to the public at the end of June 2015.
Services provided by Creative Good include research, interpretive planning, copy text writing, surveying and structural engineering (to prove the viability of suspending banners from existing tie bars).