The inhabitants range from a sea-faring merchant, children of a county nursery, a lady once painted by John Russell, and a camouflage artist turned society photographer. A selection of these will be invited to come back to live at the Hall for a period of time. The first inhabitation invites the Hall’s originator, Captain John Harle, to once more come and live in Rainham.
‘Everything John Harle Left Behind’ is an exploration of the life of John Harle, through all of the things that he lost or left behind; Rainham Hall being the largest of these. In this inhabitation we explore the Essex landscape of Harle’s time, experience the risks taken by sailors in the 18thcentury and discover the sole surviving copy of John Harle’s will.