- Manchester Museum, UK
BackgroundPart of the ‘Festival of Ecology’, the family friendly exhibition 'Collecting Trees' provides visitors the opportunity to connect with, reflect and comment on the museum collection through the theme of trees.
Featuring a vast array of natural history specimens, cultural artefacts and AV, Manchester Museum's focus was to create a space that would bring the museum collection to life and encourage direct visitor participation.
Approached to create the exhibition design scheme and marketing materials, pretty woods and forest clearings, alongside field guides and scientific notebooks provided the collaborative starting point for the design and interpretation.
SolutionDistinct areas were created within the 'Collecting Trees' space, with visitors entering the exhibition through a leafy green 'tree' lined corridor, dappled in soft moving light and featuring bespoke typographic 'wallpaper'. Two separate interactive & dual seating areas, one in the form of stylised trees, the other inspired by travel & collecting- interpreted in a packing crate aesthetic - encouraged visitor feedback on both the exhibition theme 'Trees' and the issue of 'Modern Collecting'.
Reclaimed timber and natural materials were used throughout the exhibition space from interpretation panels to object identifiers. Along with a nature inspired colour palette that moved though spring greens to autumnal browns, a natural freshness and lightness was created, providing 'Collecting Trees' with a relaxed yet informative and immersive environment to discover, comment and share.
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