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Kew Palace, London

Historic Royal Palaces asked us to create a new kind of

narrative-driven exhibition to bring alive the story of Kew Palace, where George III and his large family spent some of their happiest times before the king’s episodes of ‘madness’ unfolded and he retreated there out of the public gaze. We worked with a well-known radio dramatist, Jerome Vincent, to turn this powerful story into an audio drama, combining his words with films, graphics, artefacts and three-dimensional designs.

The result is a powerful narrative that carries the visitor through the atmospheric context of Kew Palace, a Grade I listed building. This project taught us about engaging visitors in exhibitions that cross the boundaries between traditional artefact display and theatre, expanding our toolkit of techniques for engaging the broadest possible audience and creating immersive, multi-layered design.

This re-display was short-listed for the Gulbenkian

Prize for museums and galleries in 2007.

Service: Exhibition Design

Client: Historic Royal Palaces

Cost: £600,000

Realisation: 2006

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