Ben comes from an artistic background. His mother, Susan Wherrett, was an actress before setting up her own Interior Design and Display Business.
During her eleven year acting career, she worked at the Ipswich Arts Theatre, where she performed in twenty four productions; The Studio at Stratford-upon-Avon; The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester; The Newcastle Playhouse with the John Neville Company; The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and in the West End, performing at the Harold Pinter Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket and in various television productions etc.
In the late 1980’s Susan set up her own business, Ramsey Wherrett Design – Interior Design and Diplay. Her interior design commissions include, The Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, Suffolk; Trinity Methodist Church, Felixstowe; Woodbridge School and Orwell Park School.
Joseph Ramsey Wherrett
Ben’s grandfather, Joseph Ramsey Wherrett was an artist (1914-1960). He exhibited at the Royal Academy and with the Royal Society of British Artists etc.
His work included satirical cartoons, illustrations, posters, still lifes and portraits. His book Composition was published in london and New York in 1946 and reprinted in 1954. The book is still available through online retailers.
Joseph designed posters for a number of organisations, including the General Post Office.
A set of four he designed in 1955, including The Mail Van Driver and The Telegraph Boy, were reproduced by Post Office Archives as prints and postcards from 1994.
A 1952 poster he designed for the G.P.O, Let’s Work as a Team was produced as a design for a mug, tea towel, flask, coaster and notebook by Gift Republic, who held the licence between 2013 and 2016.