One of the things I have been working on recently is a new exhibition that opens today called Between the Covers. It focuses on some of the books that we have in the collection.
Now this is the first ever proper exhibition I have done so I have been a little manic and running around like a crazy thing! But I have actually enjoyed myself in the process and it reminded me of one of the reasons that I wanted to go into heritage – which was to be constantly doing new things and to be enjoying it!
It has been a steep learning curve; like having this idea in my head and then forgetting to tell the printing company all the tiny details – need to remember I am not telepathic!
The main lesson that I have taken away from this is to leave lots of time to get the room ready. As our House Manager warned me, it always take longer then you think. And four days later I definitely agree with him!
The longest job has been to hang the interpretation board on the wall – do not worry we have not hammered straight into the lovely wallpaper, there is a skirting board along the ceiling we can use. Getting things straight is difficult so much so that wonky starts to look straight after a while!
I really enjoyed writing all the interpretation, which I freely admit I thought I would not, but its is interesting to try out different styles and discover how to layer it so people can get as much out of the exhibition as they want. You will all have to tell me what you think?
I have also tried to think of people’s comfort with this exhibition. I know when I visit a house or exhibition I like to sit down and soak it all in. So to that end, I have included an area where people can sit and read and generally relax.
Engagement is a word you hear a lot about in heritage as we are constantly trying to think of new ways in which we can achieve this. To create a discussion point, I created a board with pegs and post-its so that people can write down their favourite book. I tested it out on some of the staff, it really created a discussion on why. What’s your favourite book?
So I sahll end this post with an image of the final exhibition: