Nick Bell Design


Voices from the Deep at The Postal Museum

A temporary exhibition design that tells the story of the SS Gairsoppa torpedoed during World War II carrying silver, tea and mail from India to the UK. The wreck's precious cargo was recovered in 2011 in one of the deepest salvage operations in history. Our design focuses on the letters written in the lead up to Christmas 1940 that were never received and can now be read for the first time 77 years later. The exhibition is highly interactive for such a small, temporary gallery. Visitors can reveal hidden passages of text from the letters using ultraviolet torches and listen to the letters being read. At the bow end of a ship-shaped table - displaying the letters - visitors are invited to write a letter to the future. These are then displayed in the gallery. A collaboration with Nick Coombe Architecture.


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