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The Staffordshire Hoard Gallery

Client: Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries

Our design for the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery brilliantly evoked the historical context and significance of the most important Anglo Saxon treasure ever found on UK soil.

Vivid sculptural and graphic elements, including specially commissioned artworks, as well as AV and interactives highlight the key narratives within this listed gallery. A large, white ‘conservation’ table displays exhibits relating to the discovery of the Hoard along with the painstaking work and expertise that went into its cleaning, sorting and categorization. Replicas, as well as genuine period relics, are displayed to show how the Hoard's fragments of gold, silver and precious stones would have originally been used.

We created three partial enclosures in the space to focus on the quality and context of the treasures: one features the most spectacular finds in a jewellery box presentation; another uses staged models to show the different kinds of craftsmanship with which each piece was created. The third is a recreated Mead Hall that reveals the ceremonial role the original pieces would have played within aristocratic Anglo-Saxon life.

Our role:

  • Interpretation masterplanning

  • Funding bid support- HLF 2

  • Exhibition design

  • Lighting design with Studio ZNA

  • Graphic design with Surface 3

  • Overseeing installation

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