The Victorian Kitchen

Client

  • Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Background

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.

Solution

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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