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Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums: Which Way North? and It’s Rocket Science

The Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle’s biggest and most anticipated event of 2018, would tell the story of the north of England through its innovators, artists, designers and businesses. The summer beforehand, Factory Settings was appointed for two intriguing projects which formed part of this exciting whole, proposed to the museum system as a design-and-build with one of our most frequent and long-standing collaborations, Nissen Richards Studio. FSL were again able to demonstrate our ingenuity and efficient delivery, in this case partnered with an equally creative and ambitious collaborator.

The full setworks and graphics packages, delivered for two major Newcastle museums, The Great North Museum – Hancock and The Discovery Museum, included a large display stage for the Stephenson Rocket and gallery-style room for Damien Hirst’s “Heaven” exhibit. Incorporating design and development stages and value-engineering processes in the projects’ plenary segment, the physical installations consisted of large-scale 2D graphics integrated into setworks built by Factory Settings’ in-house teams. Working closely with the museums, we were able to achieve optimal and widely praised results within their desired budgets and deadlines.

Photos ©Colin Davison