The Victorian Kitchen


  • Helmshore Mills Textile Museum


Once a working mill at the heart of a thriving textile industry, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum provides an educational window to the past where visitors; children and adults alike, can experience what working Victorian life was like.

In addition to the gallery spaces, machine demonstrations and public pogramme activities, the Museum also provides a schools' programme.

Approached to help the Museum design & realise a Victorian Kitchen scenario, where role-players could deliver sessions in an immediate and relevant environment, the focus was to create a flexible solution that could be easily installed, quickly removed and was transportable.


Keen to integrate the surrounding fabric of the building and specifically the learning space, the design solution was a series of illustrations showing various furniture and fittings including a large fireplace, a kitchen cabinet and a sink/washing area.

Designed at a life-size scale and incorporating a controlled colour palette featuring only flashes of colour, the illustrations set the scene without overly detracting attention from the role-players.

Produced as free-standing, easy to use pop-up/roller banners, they were also flexible, self-supporting and easy to move around locations.

The solution was so well received the client ordered a duplicate set for use in a partner museum.

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