National Trust Stoneywell, Leicestershire
A unique property, a unique project
Developing new ways of telling Stoneywell’s stories
“Stoneywell is a window into a particular period that sought to define Englishness and embrace craftsmanship.”
(Partner – The Maltings Heritage Interpretation)
The brief was to develop a Stylebook for Stoneywell Cottage which would perfectly suit what is a genuinely unique National trust property. An ‘Arts and Crafts’ style cottage designed and built at the turn of the 20th century, it has not been subject to the upgrading and modernisation that such homes would typically undergo – mainly due to the fact it has remained with the family throughout. Instead, Stoneywell is rooted firmly in it’s time, original, magical and with extensive landscaped gardens. Only recently acquired by the National Trust, the relatively small and intimate proportions of the cottage presented certain challenges with regard to opening it up to the public. It was decided that visitors would book timed guided tours, touring the site in small groups and learning of it’s history as they went. There was a clear need for additional orientation and interpretation, but the client team was keen to ensure that nothing added created a ‘barrier’ between the visiting public and their ability to step back in time. The integrity of Stoneywell and it’s place in time had to be preserved.