British Museum: The Waddesdon Bequest
Interactive Installation

 

British Museum: The Waddesdon Bequest
Interactive Installation



On the back of the success of the Ancient Lives: New Discoveries exhibition AllofUs were invited to work with the British Museum to create a permanent interactive installation that would reveal the hidden depth of the museum’s Enlightenment galleries.

Commissioned as part of the newly opened gallery that houses the Waddesdon Bequest - a collection of nearly 300 objects, left to the Museum in 1898 by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild - the interactive installation offers visitors a means by which to discover new connections between selected artifacts within the Waddesdon collection and other hidden treasures of the Museum’s vast Renaissance collection. 

Situated at the intersection between the Waddesdon gallery and the Enlightenment galleries, the physical form of the installation is one that is both striking in its minimal simplicity whilst sensitive to the historical features of its surroundings.

Similarly, the interpretative experience that the installation offers is one that is both simple and intuitive whilst insightful and perceptive. 

This was achieved by creating an interpretative mode that places the artefacts within a series of thematic stories that not only reveal the richness of each artefact but also bring seemingly disparate exhibits together in new and exiting ways. 

The interface that we developed is both intuitive and directional, allowing visitors to flip between active states – in selecting a theme and choosing an artefact, and passive states – in watching the animated story of the chosen artefact unfold. At the end of each story, the artefact’s location within the gallery is displayed encouraging visitors to explore further and draw new connections within the museum’s collection. 

I was responsible for the interaction and physical, and content direction of this project.

Installation View

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Content Structure Diagram

Wireframes

3D Visualisation (in Situ)

3D Visualisation