Sometimes clients come to us with a simple request and leave with much more than they’d bargained for. In the case of the Ightenhill Manor House, we were initially approached to produce a pop up banner and an interpretation panel.
The project aimed to teach local residents about the 14th century Manor House would have been the centre of their community.
Alongside historian Roger Frost, we visited a primary school in Ightenhill, where the children provided artwork and stories for a medieval “tapestry” which was gifted to the school at the end of the project. Their artwork also formed the basis of a short book, with Roger’s text answering the children’s questions about the house.
We arrived with two or three ideas and left with twenty!”
We provided a professional illustration of the Manor House that was used on the interpretation panel at the historic site. This showed many of the characters and activities that would have been present in the 1500s.
We felt something really special was required to bring the Manor House back to life. At our suggestion, and with Rogers historical knowledge, we worked with a local signage company to make a scale replica of the Manor House. It features a removable side panel and mini figurines, and showcases this remarkable building in a way that delighted local residents of all ages.
The work was unveiled at a medieval fayre, held on 26th April 2015. The display panel is sited at the entrance to the field that was once the site of the manor house. It was ceremonially de-ribboned by Lord Shuttleworth, who had gifted the land to the local parish council in the eighties.
“What was achieved here exceeded everyone’s expectations.”