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Leeds Castle Field of Cloth of Gold

The 500th anniversary celebration

Estimated at £36 million (in today’s money), ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’ was a magnificent tournament hosted in France in 1520 between King Henry VIII of England and King Francois I of France.

The event was to increase friendship bonds between the two countries, and it is believed King Henry VIII stayed at Leeds Castle 500 years ago on his way there.

To celebrate the anniversary, a display about ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’ is now on show throughout the Castle.

The Challenge

BISON® was approached by Leeds Castle to produce large branded displays, and other information and marketing assets to help mark the event.

We were tasked with helping find solutions to ensure all assets are easily accessible for visitors to view within the Castle, and ensure materials and finishes provided suit the regal setting.

This included BISON® producing a replica gold leaf framed oil painting hung in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. Many tests and samples were required to get the right finishing touch, ensuring the print looked aged and distressed, and the frame compliments the other hanging art.

We were also tasked with making sure the installation could be completed safely during visiting hours, being mindful of the public.


  • Survey castle rooms – capturing all key information and adapting where necessary
  • 1:1 customer support – advising on best practices, materials to use and processes to get desired results, including making newly produced prints look aged and ensuring information boards have good reading comprehension for visitors
  • Create – schedules/timeline around client’s needs
  • Make – replica gold leaf framed oil painting. Photo quality wall and infographics printed on rigid boards with wrapped edges and custom fixings. Printed marketing leaflets
  • Install – multiple items fitted in public/busy areas during peak times without compromising safety/impacting visitors experience


Mark and the team at BISON® were instrumental in the successful delivery of our curatorial displays at Leeds Castle. Their expertise was invaluable at every stage, from the concept of the project to its delivery. Throughout the process, the team were friendly, professional and collaborative, creating proofs, providing samples and advising on layouts. As well as producing a quality product for us, BISON®’s team ensured the installation was of the same high quality. It was a pleasure to work with them.’

Catherine Pell
Deputy Curator - Leeds Castle

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