Russborough

 

Client: The Alfred Beit Foundation

Date: October 2013

Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland, is a striking example of a Palladian mansion set within its original designed landscape, but it is also home to a world-class collection of artworks and a fascinating archive of photography and film gathered by diamond heir Sir Alfred Beit. The property is recognised by the World Monuments Watch, and the Alfred Beit Foundation entrusted CMC with creating an interpretive experience that matched its significance.

Our project team worked closely with the client at all stages, firstly to define a clear set of visitor management and interpretive objectives, and then to develop a series of engaging and innovative displays that presented Russborough’s story while remaining sympathetic to their location.

By combining traditional forms of interpretation, such as graphic panels, room displays and artefact cases, with multimedia elements – including an interactive touchscreen table enabling archive investigations, 3D projection of original stereo photography, and archive audio installations – CMC presented the life story of Russborough and its various owners in ways which are being well received by visitors and have exceeded the client’s expectations.