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The Bar Convent

The Living Heritage Centre

A brand new exhibition at England's oldest living convent,
in the heart of York.

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The Brief

Leach were appointed by The Bar Convent in York to create a new visitor experience in England's oldest living convent.

The Living Heritage Centre project transforms the building with a brand new exhibition, plus gift shop, renovated guesthouse and improved facilities.

The exhibition tells the remarkable history of the Convent with the wider context of the city of York and county of Yorkshire. It aims to share the narrative, experiences and motivations of people connected with The Bar Convent, past and present.

Much of the story concentrates on Mary Ward, pioneer of the first non-cloistered religious order of women.

Mary Ward

Leach's role included:

Project Management
Interpretive Planning
Exhibition Development Planning
Image and Text Research
Audio/Visual Design
Space Planning and Story Mapping
Wayfinding Audit and Design
3D Design
Graphic Design
Illustration
Artefact Mount Design and Manufacture
Artefact Case Manufacture
Artefact Placement
Prototyping
Off Site Build
Site Management
Installation

Look Inside!
Credit: Jerry Ibbotson

Priest HoleCredit: Jerry Ibbotson

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Credit: Jerry Ibbotson

Our Solution

Secrets, spies, hidden religion, worldwide missions,
remarkable women!

Leach wanted to create a new visitor experience that challenged preconceptions and appealed to modern audiences. This was achieved by telling the stories of The Bar Convent through unexpected and engaging interpretation, bringing the work of Mary Ward to life through the words of those who have followed her to this day.

Shhh.... Listen to the whispers, hide in the priesthole, peer into secret keyholes and unlock the stories of The Bar Convent. Wind the handle on the magic lantern to learn about the hidden history of the Convent through an emotive, animated film narrated by actress Joanna David.

Upstairs, a moving series of documentary style films features members of the Congregation of Jesus telling visitors about their continuing mission work across the world today.

Prepare to be amazed!

I am hugely relieved that I chose the Leach team, I had very high expectations and they exceeded them...

James Foster
General Manager, The Bar Convent

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