Exhibition projects require consistent attention to detail. The Death on the Nile exhibition was one of them.
The Fitzwilliam Museum – the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge – was marking its bicentenary with a temporary exhibition of its collection of Egyptian coffins where the purpose was to explore the ancient beliefs related to these objects.
The museum wanted to create an eerie atmosphere but not one that was typically morbid, with the emphasis on a more positive vibe – with it a celebration of the coffins gifted to the museum shortly after it was founded in 1816.
Conservation requirements varied considerably with lighting levels ranging from 50-200 Lux. The size of the artefacts on display also provided many challenges that had to be addressed whilst on site.
It was important to establish a clear hierarchy that supported the content on display and the narrative of the exhibition.
With a limited time slot to complete the installation it was important to work efficiently. This meant gaining the trust of the museum and work in a collaborative manor with curators to deliver impact, drama and a real sense of theatre.