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Churchill Museum

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Environmental Design / Exhibitions, Museums & Installations / 2006

The Churchill Museum is the first museum in Britain that is solely dedicated to the life and achievements of the politician, Winston Churchill. Without a precedent of such a museum, exhibition designers Casson Mann set out to create an experience that allows the visitor to feel like they are meeting the man – an intimate and multifaceted portrait that reveals the private and the public side of Churchill. The Museum harnesses the potential of interactive software to make written documents visitor friendly. The graphic interfaces recall a pre-digital age dominated by paperwork, filing cabinets, maps and telephones. Archive films and sounds are used in new ways to allow visitors to view familiar material in a new light. This is all juxtaposed with low-tech physical interactive objects in custom-designed display cases and two-dimensional materials to create a multi-layered and varied interactive experience designed to appeal to all ages. Churchill's 90-year life is told in a sequence of five chapters that are arranged around a 17-metre long table - the 'Lifeline' - an interactive timeline that forms the hub of the exhibition.

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