OCCUPIED | BEHIND BARBED WIRE
CLIENT : JERSEY MUSEUMS
Jersey Museums commissioned us to develop and deliver an object-based temporary exhibition showcasing the 'trench art' of Channel Islanders deported to internment camps during World War Two. Based on a previous exhibit at Guernsey Museum, but after a delayed transfer to Jersey, it needed redeveloping with Cambridge-based curator Dr Gilly Carr and adapting to the Jersey Museum's needs - including strands of interpretation for younger visitors.
We worked with Gilly and the collections team at Jersey to establish a revised loans list adapted to the exhibition space. Our design made the budget go as far as possible by using existing cases, available in-house and local resources, and dusting off our own model-making skills. We designed a central island to give us a linear route for a strongly linear narrative, and used dramatic images and graphic design on textured wallpapers to both create impact and move visitors the 'right' way. Over 200 objects are displayed - some feature twice! We designed a double-sided case which first presented objects thematically, then picked out a selection on the reverse, where the makers' individual deportation stories were told. We developed a kids' trail of graphics, models, and activities; in a 'Making Space', visitors can try engraving and weaving techniques perfected in the camps.
With 8 weeks to go, Jersey asked if we could help them meet a new deadline by delivering a month early - so we did!