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Studio Weave’s Rainham Hall transformation opens

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Studio Weave’s new visitor experience at the grade II*-listed Rainham Hall has opened to the public

It is the first time the National Trust-owned 18th-century sea merchant’s house has thrown its doors open to visitors.

The Georgian house has undergone £2.5 million of conservation work masterminded by heritage experts Julian Harrap Architects.

Studio Weave’s scheme charts the lives of the house’s various inhabitants through exhibitions, sound and video installations, and events.

The practice’s first exhibition in the hall, charts the life of merchant and ship’s captain John Harle who built the house in 1729, through an ‘atmospheric narrative’ that unfolds across three floors of the building.

General manager, Ed Ikin said: ‘Rainham Hall will be a thriving hub at the heart of village life. A place for people to meet, for new art to be created, and for families to learn together. The experience within the Hall will be fresh, creative, and regularly evolving. We’ll draw inspiration from the lives  of our past residents to tell  great stories.’


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