The Museum of London asked me to help them reinstate a wall of objects in their War, Plague & Fire gallery after using them in a temporary show.
So, what does it take to get this done? Step one is the curator chooses the objects and writes the captions. Then, both the objects and the wall are carefully measured. This info is handed to me, and I start to design the captions and panels while simultaneously creating drawings to scale. Then, between my clients and I, we go through several proofs where we work out the best arrangement, taking into account practical issues such as load-bearing, lighting and legibility as well as making sure the historical narrative is engaging and seamless. Once that is agreed by all, the job is ready to install. I send off caption and panel artwork to the manufacturers who create them to spec e.g. 3mm thick board, printed in two colours. Back inside the museum, my scale drawings are handed to the install team who do the skillful work of mounting the objects so they’re both secure and displayed to maximum effect. Once that’s done the finished captions are installed and the gallery is ready for the public.
(post by Tanya)