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New hotel mugs feature student’s illustration

PUBLISHED: 07:15 28 September 2017

The Maids Head Hotel. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The Maids Head Hotel. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

A former City College Norwich art and design student’s illustration of the Maids Head Hotel will feature on a new range of mugs.

Hannah Barnes with the new mugs featuring her illustration of the Maids Head Hotel. Picture: PAUL DICKSON Hannah Barnes with the new mugs featuring her illustration of the Maids Head Hotel. Picture: PAUL DICKSON

Hannah Barnes, 19, from Bungay, won a competition earlier this year run in conjunction with City College Norwich art and design students.

The students were asked to submit an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel that would be printed on the new range of mugs which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms and also on sale in reception.

The Maids Head Hotel is believed to be the oldest hotel in the UK, a claim based on the site’s continuous use for hospitality since the 12th century.

Ms Barnes, who has now completed the Art and Design Foundation Course at City College and is at Falmouth University said she was honoured to have her illustration accepted.

Paul Dickson of the Maids Head Hotel. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Paul Dickson of the Maids Head Hotel. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

She said: “My Maids Head mug will definitely have pride of place in my room at Falmouth.”

Ms Barnes said she had heard about the competition through the City College.

“I obviously knew about the Maids Head Hotel but didn’t know too much about its history,” she said. “A group of us went to the hotel for a briefing on what they wanted and to get some ideas.”

She said she decided on a pen sketch as she knew the illustration would have to be small appearing on a mug.

The exterior of the newly refurbished suites at the Maids Head Hotel. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The exterior of the newly refurbished suites at the Maids Head Hotel. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It needed to be clear with bold lines so I did a few sketches and the one I submitted was the one I liked the most.”

Four finalists were then chosen and three members of the Norwich Twenty Group were brought in to select a winner.

“I was very surprised when I heard my entry had been chosen - but also very happy,” said Ms Barnes.

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