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Rocketbox Design | Somerset

NMRN: Women in the Royal Navy



Branding / Print / Exhibition / Interactive Digital

An exhibition for the National Museum of the Royal Navy revealing the impact of women in the Royal Navy

We were proud to have worked with the curators at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, @NatMuseumRN, Portsmouth @PHDockyard. On the WRNS Centenary Exhibition. ‘Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy’ exhibition reveals the impact of women’s involvement from the 17th century onwards, during both world wars, the Cold War to integration and beyond, to today’s serving personnel.

We created the initial branding producing an identity that worked with existing exhibitions also presenting a feeling of seriousness and respect of the women working as part of the Navy as well as a logo that can be used throughout their marketing strategy. Our initial interpretation brief gave us a large space with which to workup the exhibition design layout. Fifteen large stand alone two sided walls measuring 3 x 3.5 metres played a key part in the layout and had to be considered throughout. Large images were a key part of out design concept, increasing image size larger than life, giving a real feeling of impact and presence that these women had as you enter the room. Elegant typography and good use of white space gave visual emphasis to the copy and additional information enabling visitors to read and digest with ease. We used vinyl wrap for the final print, careful attention was paid to the request of the re-use of this exhibition space as well as ensuring the graphics to stayed in place over the year long expo.

The exhibition was situated in an area of significant architectural interest, with original features such as wooden floors, supports and ancient brick walls. We worked around this space creating a 3D visual, enabling us to plan key pinch points and places that needed more or less emphasis. Working around feedback stations and exhibit cases all were considered in the design layout. Visitor participation – We wanted to encourage visitors to share their stories with the museum in the form of feedback stations – one traditional and one digital. The feedback areas engage visitors’ by contributing and personalising the voices and experiences. They validate visitors’ knowledge and abilities, while exposing audiences to content that could not be created by staff alone.

We designed both feedback stations using 3D software; incorporating materials suited to the exhibition such as a fabric pocket system that holds written postcards. This station was also designed around encasing artefacts, careful attention had to be taken to ensure the protection and conservation of these materials. The digital feedback area was designed around a tablet operating an APP that we developed specifically for NMRN. Carefully simplifying the UX (User Experience) so all demographics could operate it, and keeping the back-end accessible by the museum for monitoring and archiving of feedback. The overall experience of working with such a dedicated and professional team has been a pleasure – the outcome is in exceptional exhibition with superb content and of course design. The exhibition will open on 18th February 2017, the centenary year of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) formation at National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth.

The National News have been to Portsmouth reporting on the prominence and respect these women deserve as pioneers of equality.
Extract from from ITV News airing 16th Feb 2017

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