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 © Nick Ellwood
Hand-held Explorer wheel visual (visual contains © Shutterstock image)
The Explorer bag (pic © English Heritage)
There are lots of fun activities in the Explorer Pack!
The Explorer pack contains lots of fun items to encourage play and investigation (pic © English Heritage)
Sammy the stoat finger puppet in the Explorer pack (pic © English Heritage)
Installation pictures of panels in the Summer House © English Heritage
Wooden hand-held interpretation in the monk’s cell garden
Interpretation amongst the planting in the reconstructed monk’s cell garden (pic © English Heritage)
(Pic © English Heritage)
Interpretation panel and lectern in the house (pic © English Heritage)
External interpretation lecterns in the Priory (pic © English Heritage)
Sammy the stoat disks are hidden on benches throughout the site (pic © English Heritage)
Above and below: Sammy the Stoat appears on benches around the site, for younger visitors to find (pic © English Heritage)
Sammy the Stoat finger puppet for the Explorer Pack were designed and made by Benjamin at The Big Forest © The Big Forest
Above and below: Seasonal leaflets encourage repeat visits to the gardens. Illustrations by Nick Ellwood
The illustrated site map was used on lecterns and in print for consistent orientation. Illustration by Nick Ellwood
Panel interpreting the Monk’s Cell