Our brief was to create an engaging and unusual display that would help to uncover the wealth of stories hidden in Cornwall’s archives. Truro’s success was built around trade and the port, did you know ships used to moor outside the Hall for Cornwall?
We took the theme of trade and gave it a modern twist using palettes as our modular structures, these provided a cost-effective, recycled framework and provided a textural contrast to the smooth graphic panels. Eye-catching colours dominated – a refreshing change from the usual Farrow & Ball tones associated with heritage exhibitions. The bright colours were mirrored in the audio chairs that captured first-hand stories of mischief and intrigue from Truro’s older residents.
The smells of the quay in the 1900’s were brought back to life and children were given the opportunity to steer a ship through the Carrick Roads. It made for a packed marquee which drew large crowds and really successful and innovative use of HLF funding.