Work Experience Insight Shapes New Rubbings Trail at House of Marbles

Bovey Tracey business, House of Marbles, is unveiling a new brass rubbings trail following the successful work experience collaboration with Year 11 Newton Abbot College student, Seb Gidley.

The popular visitor attraction, famous for its marble runs, museums, penny press, games garden and giant floating marble, was looking to create an interactive experience to encourage visitors to explore the whole of the business, including the fully working glassworks studio.

Seb Gidley and House of Marbles Retail Marketing Officer, Katy Winter
Seb Gidley and House of Marbles Retail Marketing Officer, Katy Winter

As part of Newton Abbot College’s work experience week, Seb worked with staff to create the brass rubbing trail. Over the course of the week, Seb contacted suppliers, drew up a business plan, helped design the accompanying marketing materials and made samples of glass to support the project.

The finished trail opens to the general public on Good Friday and will remain as a permanent visitors’ feature.

Seb tries the first trail rubbing
Seb tries the first trail rubbing

House of Marbles Retail Marketing Officer, Katy Winter, said of Seb’s involvement: “Seb’s work experience has really helped us. As an independent business, it was incredibly valuable to have focused work from a young, outside perspective. This was a real opportunity for Seb and it shows that you get out as much as you put in to any situation.”

Seb was extremely happy with the experience: “I feel very proud to have been able to help design something that will be here for years to come. It was an honour to work at the House of Marbles and I wish I could have stayed longer. I hope this will inspire other students and young people to imagine what’s possible and that they can do anything if they put their mind to it.”

House Of Marbles Brass Rubbings Trail Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 4
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