God's House Tower

West Sussex, UK

Uppark is a fine 18th century house which offers a glimpse into life in a country house. It also tells a story of destruction and reconstruction and the craft and skills involved. Fire broke out on 30th August 1989; rescuers fought to save much of the collection and soon after the National Trust embarked on the ambitious restoration of the house.

HKD provided external signage and interpretation in the fine rooms. This incorporated handling collections and a bespoke “shuffle book” guide allowing visitors to curate their own tours. To tell the story of the fire we worked with artist Janna Fowler to create a sculptural installation where charred timbers projected sound and image to tell the story of the events of 30th of August.

Project Info:




Services provided:

National Trust


800 sqm

Exhibition design, graphic design, artist commissioning, RIBA Stages: 2 – 6

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