10 October 2017
On Monday 9th October, three pupils from Badminton School’s multimedia club, M², visited Tyntesfield, cared for by conservation charity, the National Trust, to deliver ‘Tyntesfield Near and Far’; a photobook they produced to support the Trust’s fundraising efforts in conserving this historic house and grounds.
Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens, woodland and parkland situated in Wraxall near Bristol, which was taken into the care of the National Trust in 2002 to prevent it from being sold to private interests and to ensure it would remain open to visitors. 15 years later, it now has 860 volunteers in its house and gardens.
The girls spent several weekends visiting the house and grounds, taking photographs on the theme of ‘near and far’, allowing the essence of Tyntesfield to be captured from a variety of angles. The final photographs in the book were chosen to give an unusual perspective on the many treasures, both natural and manmade, that can be found in the grounds, that upon first inspection, visitors may not have noticed. The photobook can be purchased from the second hand bookshop and all funds raised will be put towards conserving this place of historical importance.
David Williams, Educational Visits Coordinator and Head of Science Outreach at Badminton School, commented: “I am extremely proud of each and every one of the M² girls that participated in this project; whether it be coordinating its production, taking the photographs or editing them. This project with Tyntesfield has been an excellent opportunity for the girls to develop their photography skills whilst supporting a fantastic local attraction”.
“We’ve really enjoyed working with Badminton School on their photobook project,” said Liz Jones, People and Learning Manager for the National Trust at Tyntesfield, “the photographs the students have produced are beautiful and show Tyntesfield in a completely new way”.