Watching the House

A smartphone adventure at Marble Hill

Explore the colonial and globalised history of Marble Hill House in this interactive audio experience, developed in partnership with English Heritage.

Welcome to Marble Hill

This is your first day on your new job as a Watcher at Marble Hill. As a guardian of the house, your role is to sit quietly. To observe. To remain invisible and protect the treasures of the past. But as you sit, you hear a voice. You hear many voices, asking you to take notice. Things are not always as they seem…

Coney presents a new interactive smartphone adventure and a programme of live events exploring the colonial history of the site. Pick up a pair of headphones, explore the house and uncover its secrets and untold stories; from its original aristocratic owners to the enslaved Africans whose unfree labour provided the goods that furnished it.

Information

 

  • Smartphone adventure

    Available to play 23 June – 29 September, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm (adventure length: 30 minutes)

    Live events

    Storytelling and interactive activities on Sunday 23 June, Saturday 20 July and Saturday 10 August, 12-4pm

  • Click here for the full programme of live events.

  • Head to main visitor entrance at Marble Hill House Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 2NL.

  • This is a smartphone audio adventure: bring a fully charged smartphone with access to mobile data and your own headphones (spare headphones will be available at the house). No equipment is required for the live performances.

  • 12+

  • All events are free & drop in.

  • Captions
    Watching the House digital experience uses a mobile website that includes captions for all audio sections.
    Step-free access
    The smartphone experience takes place across the ground and first floor of the house, which are accessible via a lift (see more information below).
    The live events on 23 June, 20 July and 10 August will take place in the Gallery, which doesn’t have lift access; however, the first performance of each day (12.30pm) will take place outside the house, with levelled access.
    General
    General access information about visiting Marble Hill, including details of wheelchair access, seating, parking and braille guides, can be found on the English Heritage website.

About the project

Watching the House is the result of a new collaboration between Coney and English Heritage’s youth engagement programme, Shout Out Loud.

Shout Out Loud provides a platform for young people to explore heritage sites and collections across England, helping them to uncover untold stories from our past in new and exciting ways.

Over two creative weekends, a group of young people aged 16-18 worked with Coney artists, historians and English Heritage curators to explore the colonial history of Marble Hill, learn about game design and interactive theatre-making and develop ideas for a new interactive smartphone game.

Photo gallery

Images from the Watching the House R&D process at Marble Hill in February 2024. Photos by Alistair Veryard.

Credits

Project Director Rhianna Ilube
Prop & graphic designer Jess Sanders
Sound designer Vanessa Garber
Programmer Suzanna Hurst
Producers Marie Klimis & Emily Davis
Dramaturg Zahra Dalilah
Workshop leaders
Germma Orleans-Thompson, Toby Peach & Dr Carol Ann Dixon

This project – along with other events in our Playful Heritage programme – has been kindly funded by Arts Council England.