The First Emperor: Terracotta Warriors


This highly acclaimed exhibition was held in the unique setting of the British Museum’s Round Reading Room. The display was strong on spectacle and drama, yet balanced by thoughtful interpretation and rigorously scholarly content. The film show that extended around nearly half the circumference of the Reading Room was a striking and memorable aid to the visitor’s understanding. Audience evaluation scored the exhibition very highly indeed. Visitors were delighted that they had been taken on a narrative journey, and that the experience unfolded like a 3-dimensional story.

One of the many challenges of the exhibition-making was to make best use of this beautiful and unusual space. Another challenge was to create a design where the artefacts could be brought in through one set of doors during the Museum’s non-opening hours.

This exhibition was seen by 850,000 visitors, 37% of whom had not previously visited the Museum.

© Photography by Helen Binet and Hufton + Crow