Design & produce exhibition
The Penn Club was founded in 1920 to offer a place for people to meet, renew existing friendships and forge new ones. I was approached to design an exhibition to mark the centenary of this club, created by members of the Friends Ambulance Unit, conscientious objectors during the First World War.
Taking cues from the Club’s archive, I researched the broader social history of key moments from the last hundred years which resonated with the Club’s history, and events relevant to the Club’s location in Bloomsbury, London. I began to form a narrative for the exhibition, built around the Club’s founding elements, and continuing ethos – community, place, and people – which were enriched by anecdotes and descriptions from the archives of specific events and characters.
Consulting with the steering committee established to oversee the celebrations to mark the Club’s anniversary, I advised them on appropriate style of design and production formats, taking into consideration the desire to tour the exhibition to relevant and sympathetic locations, and the display potential within the Club itself.