Memory Boxes, Handmade Furniture, Designer Upholstery and Antique Restoration from Wheathills
Bespoke Marquetry Boxes Handmade Furniture and bespoke furniture commissions from Wheathills' French Polishers, Cabinet Makers and Traditional Upholsterers Marquetry Creation and Restoration Experts in the Conservation and Restoration of antique furniture, French Polishing and Cabinet Making
Wheathills Memory Boxes,  handmade furniture, Antique Restoration and Period Property Restoration History of Wheathills and the Heldreich Family Blogwith Features on Silver Hallmark and Antique Identification, Handmade Furniture and Boxes, and artickles about Wheathills. Features on How to Restore Antique Furniture, How To Spot fake antiques, how to identify silver hallmarks, how to identify silversmith and silver makers marks Contact Wheathills Client Testimonials

A Client's Dream - Bespoke Memory Box
Pantheon Theatre - Handmade Memory Box from Wheathills


Pantheon Theatre Memory Box Theatre Memory Box Open Front Close up of Memory Box top Lid open

A short conversation at a busy Wheathills Open Weekend ignited an idea that began with the words, “a fantasy place where dreams, secrets and surprises are kept safe”. From those few words an obsession grew for both the clients and Nigel Heldreich, owner of Wheathills Exquisite Memory Boxes, and before too long a concept and a brief were created - a theatre of memories, secrets and surprises.

Over the following 18 months and countless conversations with the clients, Nigel and his team of highly skilled craftsmen, developed that initial concept into an amazing Memory Box in the form of a miniature Pantheon Theatre, created by hand using age old techniques and the very finest wood from all over the world.
Using ‘marquetry’, the very fine, detailed and beautiful craft of inlaying minute pieces of wood into another piece of wood in order to create imagery, the team of ten craftsmen and designers began creating a journey through Tuscany and many memorable holidays the client had experienced. The theatre, architecture and the visual arts were top of the bill, and all housed in a Palladian style building of stone, gilt Corinthian columns, domed ceiling, galleries and grand staircase.

Watch a BBC TV Feature on Wheathills' Memory Boxes

Characters from favourite plays peep around corners, through windows and hold conversations in the street. Actors themselves sign programmes and drink champagne. Playwrights and composers tussle with words, with a backdrop of a Lowry-painted Manchester street scene flowing into a Tuscan market, all playing their part in the telling of a life’s story of two people travelling around the world in pursuit of their passion.
Nigel Heldreich, owner of Wheathills, said; “What started as almost a throwaway comment has turned into a magical journey for everyone involved in this wonderful Memory Box. From the initial idea, through to the finished piece this folly has been played out in our workshop with wood, traditional craftsmanship, passion, emotion, laughter and even tears. Now though, it’s time for us to hand over ownership of the box to our wonderful clients who will, I’m sure, enjoy its beauty for years to come”.
But as beautiful and unique as the box is, its outward appearance tells only a fraction of the story, and for the proud owner of this priceless item the journey has only just begun. Over the coming years this unique Memory Box will have its compartments within filled with small objects infused with precious memories, which far surpasses its considerable monetary value and will evoke unforgettable moments from the clients' adventures.
This is the true reason for owning any Memory Box and so it is for this spectacular Pantheon Theatre of dreams, secrets and surprises, that is destined to become one of the most precious items the clients will ever possess.

Follow these links to see a small selection of Wheathills' Marquetry work:
A feature on how to create Marquetry
Restoring Marquetry Interior of the Brighton Belle
Marquetry Services From Wheathills

To further your interest in Wheathills' Marquetry services please email us or ring us on Derby (01332) 824819 , also you are very welcome to visit us in our restored 18th Century Derbyshire premises at Wheathills Farm, Brun Lane, Derby, DE22 4LY - please see our Contact Page for a map.


Web Design © Wheathills. Wheathills Farm, Brun Lane, Derby, DE22 4NE. Telephone: 01332 824819. Email:
Our normal opening hours are Monday To Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.