Raglan Castle Mechanical Interactives

Raglan Castle is a unique heritage site located in South East Wales. Dating back to the 1430s, this part-country house, part-fortress, provides the perfect historical context for a collection of eccentric interactives based on the 17th century inventions of Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquis of Worcester.

Coinciding with the Welsh Government’s Year of Adventure and Cadw’s own Historic Adventure campaign, Cod Steaks were commissioned to create a range of quirky 3D objects. These form Raglan Castle’s Invention Trail which encourages families to explore not only the castle, but also the prolific works of Edward the Inventor. The sculptural interactives include; a ‘microwave’, ‘night-vision glasses’, a Prei Dieu and a capturing chair. Each was designed in detail before being fabricated by hand, to ensure Edward’s spirit of invention was conveyed in every authentic detail.

The challenges which arose from the need to build weatherproof, secure and maintenance-free mechanical interactives, within an exposed heritage site, were considerable. The team at Cod Steaks used their expertise to tackle these issues whilst ensuring that the features remained safe and easy for visitors to interact with.

Like Cadw, we are chuffed to bits with the outcome and the debate about which is the best invention will rumble on here at Cod Steaks.





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