Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics

Client

  • Whitworth Park Community Archaeology & History Project
  • The Friends of Whitworth Park
  • School of Arts, Languages & Cultures - The University of Manchester, UK

Background

Featuring an array of excavated materials, alongside tools of the trade, historical postcards and personal memories, the archeology based exhibition 'Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics' tells the story of Manchester's Whitworth Park from its inception, through decline, to its now rosier future.

The design remit spanned exhibition design to exhibition marketing, taking in interpretation, 3D design, furniture, supergraphics and graphic design along the way.

Solution

Working in collaboration with the project team, Manchester Museum and their build team, and with CAD visualisation support from Pickard Design, the design solution was realised in a modern and contemporary aesthetic.

With inspiration taken from formal Victorian garden layouts and planters, display cases were specifically designed to house objects both on mass and individually, creating visual impact and contrast. Configured in such a way that encouraged visitors to embrace past park pursuits and promenade around the space, a large central case doubled as seating for relaxing or watching the AV content.

The archaeology behind the Whitworth Park exhibition was brought into sharp focus through a painted wall graphic which reflected moving from under to over ground. Content was grouped in themes, with clear hierarchy of text to aid accessibility. Colour-coding and cleverly layered panel displays further enhanced this, playing on the notion of revealing layers and injecting the space with a visual burst of nature inspired colour.


Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics was the culmination of a three year archeology community project in Manchester. Led by the Archaeology Department of TUoM, in association with The Friends of Whitworth Park, the project team approached scdesign via the exhibition hosts, Manchester Museum.


Credits
  • 3D visualisation: Sarah Pickard - Pickard Design


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