The Box was born out of a need to protect six at-risk collections and the ambition to create a new cultural quarter in Southwest England. Far more than just a museum, it is a hub of art, culture, history, science, learning and leisure for locals and visitors alike. We began with masterplanning exercises that mapped how to bring together multiple organisations, collections, and public spaces into one coherent and effective whole – logistically, operationally, culturally, interpretively.
We designed and delivered exhibitions which envisioned The Box as a Treasure Chest – open it and who knows what you might find, a gigantic woolly mammoth rearing up in the middle of a gallery, a flotilla of Victorian naval figureheads sailing overhead, a sea of pickled creatures, or stunning pieces of contemporary art. Each gallery truly takes on a life of its own. The result is a series of bold and brilliant, quirky and witty spaces, which create a warm and friendly setting – a true city museum designed with the public at its heart. The new museum is not only popular with the people but has received significant awards recognition, including a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year.
ISO Design - media and interactive production
The Hub - fabrication and installation
Orbis Conservation – specialist mount making
The North Hall of The Box featuring art installation, Figurehead II, by Alexandre Da Cunha, photograph © Andrew Meredith
Suspended figurehead displays in the main entrance hub of The Box, photograph © Andrew Meredith
Mass displays of pickled specimens at The Box, photograph © Andrew Meredith
Displays in the Mammoth Gallery at The Box, photograph © Andrew Meredith
Displays in the Mayflower 400 exhibition at The Box, photograph © Andrew Meredith