Client: English Heritage
Role: (Design-only contract) Concept design | Graphic interpretation | Leaflet design | Graphic design management | Illustration commissioning

Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens sits at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in North Yorkshire where the Carthusian priory sits alongside Arts and Crafts gardens. Its grounds are also home to a famous stoat colony.

The Arts and Crafts gardens have recently been renovated under the direction of Chris Beardshaw, and the reconstructed monk’s cell garden has also received a makeover, being faithfully re-planted using extensive research of medieval herbs and gardens.

Our scheme includes a family Explorer Pack to encourage exploration, play and communication around the priory, orchard and gardens. Internal and external interpretation panels, hand-held interpretive boards, seasonal garden leaflets, blackboards and Sammy the Stoat disks to spot on benches around the grounds are light touch interpretive additions that enhance the experience for visitors of all ages.

Bivouac commissioned Nick Ellwood to complete the scheme with his sensitive and characterful illustrations.

Mount Grace Priory on a chilly winter site visit

Mount Grace Priory on a chilly winter site visit © Nick Ellwood

Hand-held Explorer wheel visual. Visual contains © Shutterstock image

Installation pictures of panels in the Summer House

Installation pictures of panels in the Summer House © English Heritage

Hand-held interpretation in the monk's cell garden

Wooden hand-held interpretation in the monk’s cell garden

Interpretation amongst the planting in the reconstructed monk's cell garden

Interpretation amongst the planting in the reconstructed monk’s cell garden © English Heritage

© English Heritage

© English Heritage

Interpretation panel and lectern in the house

Interpretation panel and lectern in the house © English Heritage

External interpretation lecterns in the PrioryExternal interpretation lecterns in the Priory

External interpretation lecterns in the Priory © English Heritage

Sammy the Stoat appears on benches around the site, for younger visitors to find

Above and below: Sammy the Stoat appears on benches around the site, for younger visitors to find © English Heritage

Sammy the Stoat finger puppet for the Explorer Pack, designed and made by The Big Forest

Sammy the Stoat finger puppet for the Explorer Pack were designed and made by Benjamin at The Big Forest © The Big Forest