A CORBRIDGE castle will play host to a new exhibition.

A collaboration between English Heritage and Northumbria University’s School of Design will see a collection of objects inspired by Aydon Castle, its history and setting on display.

The pieces are all household furniture and objects made from wood, metal, fabric and glass, offering a contemporary interpretation of historic materials associated with the castle. 

Anthony Forsyth, senior lecturer at Northumbria University’s School of Design, said: “We were conscious that Aydon Castle was a home and workplace for over 700 years but, beyond a few names, there is little record of the individuals who lived there. Creating objects for the space has felt like a privilege in giving a human element back to the building.

“At times, it has felt like a conversation with the people who might have lived there and whose lives we can only imagine. We hope that, by making new pieces to furnish the space, we can make the lives of the people who once lived there more relatable, that their needs and hopes were not so different to ours.”

Frances McIntosh, curator at English Heritage, added: “Aydon is such a beautiful place and working on this installation and with such a talented group of designers, has been hugely gratifying. 

"We hope that visitors will be able to identify resonances and lessons for the things we create today, while offering new perspectives on historical practices, materials and typologies.”

Reimagining Aydon runs from June 9 to the end of October.