National Horse Racing Museum (NHRM) – Museum Display

The background

The National Horse Racing Museum hosted ‘Time & Motion: Capturing the Lifeblood of a Racing Yard’. An exhibition by black and white photographer, Jane Odell FRPS. She was displaying her equine images which conveyed the unique rhythm of Newmarket, a town devoted to horseracing and the entire space was dedicated to her exciting work.

The solution

When we received samples of the images, we were blown away by the clarity and detail. So our first challenge was to ensure that we did justice to the original photographs and make sure we had the right finish to the prints.

We set about creating a unique profile for our printer that used only black and grey ink. Doing this ensured we had a true monochrome print with no colour hues leaking in. Keeping the same high contrast and details as the original images was also key.

Naturally, as with most museum graphics, the panels would be displayed with wrapped edges. This finishing process ensures no delamination if the edges of the panel are handled and gives the panels a high quality feel. This is exactly what the client wanted as they would be auctioned after the exhibition was over. So the next big decision for us and the Museum to make was choosing what finish would be the better choice for displaying the images under the spot lighting. We worked collaboratively with the Museum Curator, reviewing sample prints and discussing the pros and cons of each finish. We decided on our flat matt laminate as the panels would not show any reflections and a hard wearing crystal laminate was not required.

The overall effect was very professional and was greatly received by the client and the visitors of the exhibition.

Other work

As large format printers, we have the experience and capacity to do all kinds of brilliant and useful things with images. Therefore, we also reproduced an image onto the lift doors using removable self-adhesive vinyl to help the visitors feel fully enveloped by the exhibition as they stepped inside it.

In addition to the exhibition work, we also consulted with the Museum to design, produce and install a range of way finder signage and visitor information points.

Such was the success of our work for the “Time & Motion” exhibition, that three visitors contacted us after seeing it to ask us to quote for their own projects.

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