Visitor Interpretation Stands for Temple Newsam Historic House

Interpretation stands for Temple Newsam House in Leeds.

Project Brief

We were approached by Temple Newsam, a striking Tudor-Jacobean country house in Leeds, to design 35 interpretation stands for displaying artefact information for visitors

Temple Newsam displays one of the most important collections of fine and decorative arts in the UK. The information in the stands would bring these to life by explaining their background, features and importance.

The brief was to create somewhere to store placards for visitors to pick up and interact with. The stands had to be very easy for visitors of all ages to use whilst being built to last and in keeping with the aesthetic of the house.

What we did

We submitted a range of designs, all of which addressed the customer’s needs. We are very fortunate to have a diverse workforce with different skills and backgrounds, which means we can present solutions from different perspectives and achieve the best outcomes.

A design by Ethan, which was informed by his own visits to Temple Newsam, was the one chosen by the customer.  With his design engineering background, he was able to create something that not only fit the aesthetics of the historic house but was supremely practical and could easily be manufactured in the quantities required.

When it came to manufacturing the 35 interpretation stands, our Bacci 5-axis CNC machine came into its own. Along with our Cad Cam expertise, it meant we could streamline the production process and replicate it as many times as needed.

Great to see something we work on end up somewhere prestigious like Temple Newsam. We build things to last and this is somewhere we can actually demonstrate that. When building things to last we utilise our full creativity and manufacturing capabilities, and aren’t limited by doing something that you could pick out of a catalogue.


  • Made using solid oak with a veneered birch ply finish for strength, durability and good looks
  • Series of tiers to drop placards into
  • Our problem solving approach created a functional outcome
  • Cad Cam enabled us to design components with precision for efficient manufacturing
  • 5-axis Bacci CNC machine has expanded our capabilities to manage volume production with ease and efficiency

What Ethan said

“It’s great to see something we have worked on end up somewhere as prestigious as Temple Newsam. We pride ourselves on building things that last and this project demonstrates that perfectly, showing how we make full use of our creativity and manufacturing capabilities to design and make something that meets the customer’s needs exactly – and that they just wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.”

What the customer said

“I couldn’t be happier. A really satisfying project to work together on! It has been great working with you guys from start to finish and I’m glad we approached you. I’m super happy with the finished result, which looks and feel really classy. Visitors really seem to be responding well.”