CI is creating exhibition elements in the main mansion – which dates from the 1830s – and in several key buildings in the grounds, including the pavilion, dairy, orangery and bowling green house.
In the main mansion, work is focusing on two exhibition zones and four rooms. CI is creating displays showing life in the house and telling the story of the house and its owners, the de Grey family.
‘Our aim is to help English Heritage recreate and present Wrest Park’s historical and social scenes with an aesthetically sympathetic touch, providing visitors with an insight into what life here used to be like and how the estate has evolved through the generations,’ says CI project designer Sallyann Mason.
English Heritage appointed CI last September, following a creative unpaid pitch against about two other groups.
The project’s completion, slated for June 2011, is dependent on a successful funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.