World Museum Liverpool: World Cultures
An architectural restoration and multiple-gallery project, the World Cultures Galleries feature the unique collections of this national institution and considers the role of Liverpool in world culture.
- World Museum Liverpool
- World Cultures Galleries
- 15,000 sq. ft.
- Exhibit Design, Graphic Design, Interpretive Signage Design
- Liverpool, UK
- Year Completed
R&P worked in close collaboration with the UK-based architectural team, Law Dunbar Nasmith Architects, throughout the intensive renovation/addition process. The exhibits showcase major collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas spread across four separate areas within the Horseshoe Galleries of the renowned Mountford wing of the Museum. The artifact-rich displays are collections from the travels of specific collectors. They contain culturally sensitive materials which were carefully considered based on community consultation during the development of the exhibits. Object and specimen conservation was paramount for this project, as the Museum has one of the most important conservation departments in Europe.
- A project of this magnitude demands first class communication between members of the exhibition design team and the rest of the professional team and in this respect Reich + Petch have also been excellent.Lorraine Knowles, Keeper of the Liverpool Museum
A path through the gallery is arranged as a collector’s journey, retracing the original trade routes. A charged atmosphere was created by thoughtfully conceived lighting and media displays prompting visitors to consider the original cultural contexts of the artifacts encountered as they move through the galleries.
Project Specific Work
R&P developed a comprehensive visitor wayfinding system involving digital and traditional signage, as well as printed floor directors. Each present information in an engaging and informative manner, allowing visitors to more easily plan their visit. The distinctive exterior mast was created to signal the new street level entrance and lead visitors into a dramatic six-story atrium at the center of the complex.