As part of our new visitor experience scheme at Warkworth Castle, the visitor can choose to follow a particular characters ‘journey’ moving through the castle following their chosen character colour. Underlying each character are a suite of core messages and stories, however, they are experienced through a different lens, for example aristocrat or scribe, chaplain or servant. We were conscious that this household was hierarchical and status-driven, but regardless of the status of the assigned identity the visitor will does miss out on any of the experience.
The introduction to each of these journeys takes place at a character ‘node’. These human scale interventions are created with a monolith of Portland stone, topped with a bespoke, direct to media printed box. Each box features a painted portrait of each historic figure, commissioned especially for this scheme. A button on the side of the box plays a solar powered audio message from the character which sets the visitor off on a journey around the castle.