Visitors to the Robert Adam designed landscape of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire will now be able to listen as well as look.

Listening trumpet at Kedleston Hall
Listening trumpet at Kedleston Hall

The newly opened Hear Here walk in the grounds of the 18th Century gem incorporates four giant trumpets which will magnify sounds. Designed by architectural practice Studio Weave, the walk is intended to encourage people to listen to the hidden sounds of the woods, sky and water, and so to experience the landscape in a different way. The fact that the trumpets have a delightful, Heath Robinson charm is a bonus.

Kedleston Hall, which was built in the 1760s, is the most complete example of Robert Adam’s work. As well as designing the house, he also created the gardens and grounds, which are very well preserved. Adam used the term ‘incidents’ to describe man-made points of interest in rural settings, and Studio Weave has created some incidents of its own. It has form, having previously designed the world’s longest bench in the seaside town of Littlehampton, and the lakeside Freya’s Cabin on Kielder Water.

This is not the first time that listening has played a special role at Kedleston Hall. During World War Two it was used as a listening station, sending encrypted information for analysis at Bletchley Park.



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