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Pioneering creative and digital in the heritage sector

Field, Joi Polloi, Wentworth Woodhouse

As a heritage property, rather than a museum, Wentworth Woodhouse and the stories associated with it ARE the exhibits. It is one of the grandest stately homes in the country with a rich and colourful past, yet is almost completely unknown and massively under-developed. The walls are bare, and there is no collection in the normal sense.

Field and Joi Polloi are working to extract the essence of Wentworth Woodhouse and start to tell many of its hidden stories as part of a Digital Masterplan. Encouraging exploration and making the technology assistive and invisible is one of our key objectives.

The house is currently undergoing a long renovation programme and technology can provide a bridge to allow exploration of the unsafe and inaccessible areas of the estate. Wentworth Woodhouse will be returned to former glories and they have ambitious plans. Part of those plans is to be a technical and creative innovator in the sector and we were lucky enough to be selected to start that journey with them.

Our talk will cover a couple of projects we have activated during the pandemic and into 2022. Jonny and Russell will talk you through our process and reveal some of the highlights of the project to date.

Jonathan Briggs

Jonny is the Creative Director and co-owner of Field and a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Arts at Leeds Beckett University. Founded in 2009 Field have grown to establish a global client base of high profile and prestigious clients whilst still maintaining an inquisitive and playful nature. This has made them the trusted partner to many well known organisations such as The Royal College of Art, Leeds Beckett University, The Royal Life Saving Society, Interior Educators, The University of Sheffield and The Science Museum Group.

Russell Stearman

Russell is the Technical Director at Joi Polloi, a creative technology agency delivering digital platforms and content for museums, broadcast, festivals and artists regionally, nationally and internationally.

Within Joi Polloi Russell focuses on the cultural sector, working alongside the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Armouries, BBC, Wentworth Woodhouse, National Museums Scotland and Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

He is deeply involved in delivering strategic recommendations for the organisations he works with. He has developed digital strategy for the Royal Armouries, and is currently advising Wentworth Woodhouse on a suite of digital tools.

Passionate about museums, he also sits on the Museum Computer Group and helps facilitate cross sector dialogue and events on digital in museums both big and small.

Prior to being Technical Director he has been a Digital Producer, (BAFTA nominated) Lead Game developer and Multimedia creator.

His work blends this experience together, bringing compelling storytelling and a sense of fun to his work, whilst making sure it is accurate, technically sound and approachable.

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Cinema 4, Showroom Workstation


12 May 2022 @ 14:00


Free, donations welcome

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