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Arbella – A Palace
or a Prison?

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An exhibition for a forgotten would-be Queen who could have changed the fabric of English society

Power, Marriage, Political Scandal & Wealth

We were asked by the National Trust to design an exhibition at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire that would tell the story of Arbella. The exhibition spanned most of the Elizabethan country house using mirrors as a common thread to create a sense of paranoia and reflection, this included two giant mirrors in the famous long gallery. We also created huge paper scrolls, paddle boards, bespoke oak plinths and easles, embroidered cushions, runners and banners and oak framed timelines to tell her story.

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Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall is considered an Elizabethan masterpeice. A country house in Derbyshire donated to the National Trust in 1959 built by Robert Smythson for the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick'. We designed and installed the extensive year long Arbella exhibition in early 2015. The exhibition spanned most of the house using mirrors as a common theme. We also created a bespoke alphabet based on architectural features of the house, giant paper scrolls, paddle boards, bespoke oak plinths and easels, embroidered cushions and runners and much more. We also commissioned and managed the fabrication of the exhibtion and installation. The exhibiton was such a success Hardwick decided to keep the exhibition installed for the following year.