I have experience in working with sensitive themes and stories including memorial spaces. In another recent project I actively sought the involvement of volunteers and staff at Kingston Lacy, a National Trust property - many of whom were initially wary and uncertain - to create EXILE, an installation for the Trust's National Public Program, Prejudice and Pride. As a result of this process of collaboration, property staff and volunteers felt ownership over the installation and gained confidence in telling compelling and resonant stories in new ways.
For one aspect of creating EXILE, I recorded a soundscape featuring the voices of numerous volunteers and staff reciting the names of men who were executed for same-sex during the lifetime of William John Bankes, one of Kingston Lacy's former owners. This approach enabled visitors from all kinds of backgrounds to make a connection with a potentially challenging property story through universal experiences of love and loss. Kingston Lacy staff have commented that EXILE has opened up a whole new way of engaging visitors and telling stories that offer memorable and resonant experiences for all.