Over the past 3 years, Ian Drake Design has had the opportunity to work on a number of projects for the National Trust.
Here we have picked out just three of the most interesting ones.
In 2014, a memento from the Great War was re- discovered in the Ickworth collection, shedding light onto a forgotten part of our story waiting to be told.
Ian Drake Design was asked to design interpretative panels, a guide book and a trail leaflet and map.
Working with the Ickworth House Team and their volunteers.
In 2016, we were ap- proached by Ickworth to see if it was possible to recreate exact reproduc- tions of cases shown in a single photograph from the 1920’s. With only 1 image to work from it was tough but as you can see from the image we did it again!
We were asked by the Project Curator at Mount Stewart if we would assist in the design and re-display of their prestigious silver collection. As part of the 3 million pound re-furbishment at Mount Stewart, the new silver display would be one of the ‘must see’ displays once the house re-opened.
Working closely with the Project Team and the Architect, we successfully provided new case interiors and specialist mounts for the silver collection, enabling them to increase the quantity of silver on display.
It was a pleasure to turn a corner and find the old gun room kitted out with shelves and brilliant scarlet fabric, creating an impressive silver room that includes the Paul Storr Service from Castlereagh’s diplomatic mission to Vienna.
— Anne Stewart’s review Museums Journal September 2015
The new location for the display presented certain problems, mainly that of space.
The security requirements for the silver collection meant the architecturally designed cases had to be very robust and as such we had to be very creative in ensuring the visitor would be able to see the maximum amount of silverware.
This involved careful consideration for the placement of placing of supports and mounts.