Exhibition design: creating theatre in our cultural spaces

By Adrian Murphy. Main Image: The new Aircraft Factory at Brooklands Museum

Exhibition design in museums has the potential not only to create a stunning visitor experience but also to connect the visitor to a place, its history, collections and people

Last year Brooklands Museum completed its Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival project of which a key part was a new immersive and hands-on Aircraft Factory exhibition. The Brooklands team made a conscious decision that the new exhibition would not be designed in a traditional way but would transport the visitor into the working environment where over the course of 80 years last century, 14,000 workers produced aeroplanes, some of which were instrumental in the Battle of Britain.

“To design an exhibition means finding your own identity and really embracing that and making something that is unique to your museum or historic site,” says Brooklands curator, Andrew Lewis.

Below Advisor takes an in depth look at the design of the Aircraft Factory at Brooklands with interviews with former CEO Allan Winn and curator Andrew Lewis. And in two separate case studies we quiz Dominic Sore, managing director of fit-out specialists The Hub and discover how Concord Lighting has brightened up Oakham Castle with energy-efficient lighting.