The Bishop of London was an integral figure for many years in the Church of England, and their home at Fulham Palace has reflected this combination of power and influence for over a millennium. We were commissioned by exhibition designers Workhaus to visualise this rich history across a series of audio, visual and print installations.
First up, we created this 4-minute narrated introduction to be displayed in the entrance of the Palace, illustrating the history of the Palace and how it was intrinsically linked with the Bishop of London. We integrated archival images and paintings that were over 500 years old into live-action to tell the story of different areas of the Palace and it’s lesser-known workers.
With such a layered history, every room of the house has its own story to tell. Like most heritage properties, space is at a premium, so we created a series of tablet interactives to house interpretation across the rooms. And for those who wanted even more, we created a Beacon system that visitors could connect to via their own mobile devices and access further content.
One of the final rooms of the Palace, Room 22, is a place for reflection. We created a piece to be projected onto the walls which gives people an immersive experience of vision and sound. We wanted to take the audience on a non-linear journey through Fulham Palace, covering key themes such as religion, time, personal, family, war and politics. The experience is an abstract journey through time, capable of evoking emotional and sensory responses.
The site of Fulham Palace was occupied during the Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods, located next to an important crossing of the Thames. From 704 AD the Bishops of London have owned the estate. As part of the redevelopment we created a number of illustrative elements to visually depict these changing eras, including a large double sided flat pack installation and a large light up way-finding map.
Ellie Durkin, Andy Wheeldon