The Curtain Rises partnerships
At the heart of The Curtain Rises project was a partnership built on Seaton Delaval Hall’s theatrical and creative heritage. Rising Stars was a partnership between Northumbria University and Seaton Delaval Hall to work collaboratively with students to provide experience of working in the heritage sector, offer opportunities for soft skills development and enhance the hall’s offer.
Another key element of the project has been the Delaval Dialogues, working in close partnership with groups and schools from the local community.
Rising Stars We’re worked with students from across a broad spectrum of subjects to increase our conservation work and create more opportunities for visitors to see the project work in action and subsequently help tell the stories of the Hall. Interior architecture students designed the Collections Store, where you can get a 360-view of our collection items. Conservation students undertook analysis of layers of wall paint in the West Wing. Tourism and Event management students researched and designed events celebrating the Hall's lavish and thearical past.
They've helped us explore digital interpretation, animation and oral histories, to enhance how you experience the Hall and discover its history.
As part of the project, we offered work placements to students to help them gain more knowledge and experience in the heritage sector.
Partnerships have formed with local schools and colleges, along with local residents and creative organisations to deliver a variety of activities on and off site. Highlights have included the introduction of Tots’ Plots, a pre-school gardening club, and Mischief and Mayhem where five schools and over 1,000 local families devised mischievous inventions for the Delavals to prank their party guests with!