Sarner | The Courts Garden, Wiltshire - National Trust - Sarner Museum Projects




Nestled in the heart of the village of Holt, The Courts is a Grade II registered garden owned and run by The National Trust.

“The Courts Garden is a hidden gem, an oasis for those in the know, and yet our research was showing that visitors did not necessarily understand its story or form as deep an emotional relationship as we’d have liked. We commissioned Sarner to design, produce and install an exhibition to address these issues. They quickly understood our needs and developed an informative and engaging exhibition design for our Orchard Room that worked perfectly in keeping with the gardens, while opening up new emotional connections with our visitors. They produced and installed the exhibition to budget and on schedule, so that we were ready for Spring 2015. The team was always courteous and professional and we are delighted with the end results.”

Karen Bolger, Visitor Services Manager, National Trust

The exhibition enables visitors able to explore the fascinating history of the garden, including learning about previous owners and the cloth mill that once stood here. We themed the exhibition to look like the interior of a garden shed so that it stayed sympathetic to its setting and added a dynamism to the content.

Alongside information printed on the walls, visitors are encouraged to explore the room for additional discovery points. By looking at the tea cup on the work bench you will find out about when the queen came to tea in the garden. When reading about the cloth that was once produced on the site, visitors could feel a sample.

As the garden evolves through the seasons, so our exhibition has elements dedicated to helping visitors look for specific seasonal highlights and is updateable throughout the year.

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