National Trust Dunster Castle

EXHIBITION IN THE CASTLE'S CRYPT

As part of a wider project to bring the Castle to life for new and existing audiences, 20/20 created an exhibition in the Castle’s Crypt that showcases the ghosts as well as the castle’s history and resident bats.

Step inside the Crypt and it appears as any other store room would, but take a closer look and the castle’s hidden history, myths and unusual inhabitants start to come alive. A spooky atmosphere is created through an audio exhibit documenting real life ghost stories told by the castle’s staff and residents. Using a black light torch, visitors can also find hidden messages written in UV ink on a collection of photos and sketches, and a shadow theatre enhanced by a selection of props is a fun interactive for children.

The immersery, audio-visual experience is continued into the bat room. A batcam monitor shows live footage of the bat roosts in the chapel and a virtual bat roost has been created by projecting archive footage from the batcam into an alcove. Despite budget and listed building constraints, the Crypt – an empty, dark room that once confused and disappointed visitors, has been transformed into a truly sensory visitor experience.

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