The National Maritime Museum’s new flagship permanent gallery Nelson, Navy, Nation opens to the public on 21 October 2013. The gallery is the result of a close two-year-long collaboration between lead consultant Casson Mann (3d), Nick Bell Design (2d) and the Museum team (curation). The design sets a new standard in quality and accessible engagement at the Museum. Period references, (port bottle label typography, maritime map illustration), given a modern graphic re-drafting, ensure the graphic interpretation has a visual identity very much all its own that is born exclusively from its content. Our approach is a refreshing break from the institutional voice of the Museum and consequently adds to the sense of immersion in a space that tells the dramatic story, from 1688-1815, of how the Royal Navy shaped everyday lives, became a central part of society and cemented Britain’s place in the world.
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