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The Lapworth Museum

Client: The University of Birmingham

Our imaginative re-interpretation of the Lapworth Museum of Geology's world-class collection reveals the evolution of our planet and the science through which we now understand it, for audiences of all ages and interest levels.

We brought out the splendour of the collection as well as the drama of the underlying narratives by combining striking imagery inspired by items in the collection with dramatic set-pieces and hands-on interactives.  

The exhibition is a key part of a £2.7m redevelopment, including substantial new architectural elements by Associated Architects, to improve the museum's accessibility and impact. Both architecture and exhibition design maintain a sensitive balance between historic and modern, respecting the museum's original Edwardian interior and display cases, but weaving into the experience the kind of interactive, tactile and sculptural elements that bring such collections to life for modern visitors.

Our role:

  • Interpretation masterplanning

  • Funding bid support – HLF 2

  • Exhibition design

  • Lighting design with DHA Design

  • Graphic design with Surface 3

  • Software design concept & creative direction

  • Overseeing installation

Also see this project under Interpretive masterplanning.

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