National Trust at Knole accepting proposals for writing commission

“Imagine yourself stepping back in time more than 600 years as you travel through acres of vast deer-filled parkland.  Criss-cross through bracken-lined paths filled with wildlife and trees fallen and left to nature.  As you cross the brow of the hill, one of the country’s biggest homes emerges…Knole House”.

With a Heritage Lottery Funded Project to restore and revitalize Knole in full swing, there are monumental changes taking place at this treasured historic house, and a writing programme is being launched to celebrate and record these changes.

They’re  looking for a writing agency or a partnership of writers to deliver the first part of this project, which will take place 2014-2015.

This will be a central part of Knole’s community engagement and visitor plans, its overall aim being to connect and engage with our local audiences, share stories, reflections and ideas about Knole as a linchpin of the local community through the medium of writing. More specifically, the programme will:

  • Deepen relationships between priority audiences.
  • Gather and share contemporary views of Knole.
  • Respond to and raise awareness of Knole’s literary heritage.
  • Record and reflect on the changes at Knole.

The full brief contains outline of the proposed deliverable projects, and more info about the target audience. They have certain elements they would like incorporated, but the form in which this could come together has been purposely left open to interpretation, as they are keen for whoever heads this up to bring their own vision to Knole, and work with them to steer the project.

Application details:  This is the first commission which will run from 2014-2015; the fee will be c£20,000, to include all artists’ fees, management overheads, administration costs, materials and expenses. For the full brief and information on how to apply please contact– Alex Procter on, or (from 1st September) Holly Millet on

Deadline: 15 September 2014 at 12 noon

Source: Arts Council Jobs Board

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