The Rainham Household
Visitor Experience Design | Project Duration: 8 weeks | Client: National Trust | Group project
Rainham Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian House in Rainham in the London Borough of Havering. It was built by a merchant John Harle in 1729 and is now owned by the National Trust.
MA Narrative Environments was approached to design visitor experience proposals for Rainham Hall. Our four-member team came up with a community oriented proposal. 'Rainham household' is an extension of the homes of the people of Rainham.
Group members: Daisuke, Praneti, Yi, and Yaxi.
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The house has mainly remained closed since it was acquired by National Trust in 1947.
The community members and National Trust volunteers come together to create a new kind of National Trust property where Rainham Hall acts as a catalyst. ‘Rainham Household’ facilitates this process of co-creation.
Rainham Household is an extension of the homes of the people of Rainham.
First floor gives the visitors the experience of what life was during John Harle’s and other residents' lifetime. This is done using projections and voice overs.
Rooms on the second floor are given out on rent and the house functions as a Bed and Breakfast.
The Gardens are available to the community for events like wedding receptions, gardening workshops, etc.
Mapping Rainham's Businesses
Internship at Studio Weave | Duration: 40 hours
Parts of the three proposals presented by the MANE students were included by Studio Weave in their program. Studio Weave was comissioned by the National Trust to design and implement the visitor experience for Rainham Hall.
One part of our Rainham Household proposal was to conduct a skills audit in Rainham to find out the various skills available and see who could conduct workshops.
I got the opportunity to work closely with the Studio Weave team as an intern. I mapped out the businesses in Rainham.