Science and Trade Museum (SIM) in Manchester has launched a young valued at £50,000 for the interpretive design of its everlasting gallery, Energy Corridor.
The commercial heritage gallery is a Grade II listed constructing and homes one of many UK’s largest collections of working nineteenth and early twentieth century steam engines, most of which have been in-built Manchester. The historical past behind them contributed to the town turning into generally known as the “Northern Powerhouse” over a century in the past.
SIM is on the lookout for a multi-disciplinary design consultancy with a confirmed monitor file of making exhibitions, everlasting galleries, or customer sights. The whole lot from digital reveals, diagrams and commissioned artworks, wayfinding and signage, exhibit lighting and movie and audio will fall beneath the design temporary.
An overarching message of the “dynamic and enduring nature of the human engine relationship” ought to be seen all through the exhibition, in addition to some smaller thematic messages. The brand new exhibition ought to cater to each the broader neighborhood and schooling teams that may go to the gallery.
Since there isn’t a linear path to the gallery, every part should work by itself and guests ought to be capable to expertise them in any order.
SIM requests that 4 key areas are thought-about by the chosen design workforce: inclusivity, relevance to viewers, animation, and ease of navigation and use. It additionally expects the expertise to be “excessive impression” with sounds and smells of working engines, well-designed graphics and interactives, and loads of alternative for dialog.
The museum workforce’s hope is that the brand new interpretation of the gallery will encourage future engineers and innovators. It’ll exhibit the talent and ingenuity of the commercial staff of the time and discover the narrative of how they influenced the way in which we work and the patron society we reside in immediately.
The interpretation design is a component of a bigger £17m mission to revive and restore the constructing and start the decarbonisation of the museum web site. Energy Corridor would be the most seen and publicised a part of the government-funded decarbonisation mission, and so, its sustainable method should even be mirrored throughout the exhibition design.
The chosen studio will likely be working alongside an expertise design workforce accountable for the bottom construct, in addition to the museum workforce and a spread of neighborhood companions. The price range for this mission will likely be fastened and should be adhered to, in line with SIM.
In summer time 2024, after being closed for over 5 years, the gallery is because of reopen, so the chosen consultancy should work to this tough deadline. Functions will shut at 1pm on 28 October 2022 and a design workforce will likely be appointed on 28 November. The contract will run till 31 July 2024.
Extra data will be discovered on the Science Museum Group tender web site.
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