National Trust Hardwick Hall Stableyard, Derbyshire
inHeritage and Hammer Design have just begun a two year project to develop interpretation of the history and renovation of the Hardwick Hall Stableyard area. The area consists of a range of buildings dating from the 16th to 19th centuries around a central walled grassed area. They are listed Grade II* buildings, and therefore of outstanding national importance. They are currently underused and considered at risk.
The brief is to interpret the long and complex history of the buildings, which went through a number of changes and alterations, the significance of the buildings to estate management and the legacy of Bess of Hardwick. We are taking a people-based approach to communicate these themes through the stories of people who worked on the estate.