Commissioned in May 2011, this an interactive exhibition that explores how a ship made almost entirely of wood has reached such an astonishing age. HMS Victory was built in 1759 and in her time she has sailed the high seas, fought major battles (not least of which the Battle of Trafalgar) been rammed by iron warships, bombed, eaten by gribbles, nibbled by beetles and rotted by fungus.
With stunning graphics, tactile displays, cased artefacts, audio visual projections, computer-generated imagery and a range of media interactives, visitors are able to explore this story and find out how this remarkable 250-year-old ship is looked after to safeguard her for the future. The exhibition was designed by a team consisting of:
Erich Kadow (Design Direction & Management)
Jef Maytom (Design Direction & Content Development)
Heath Gwynn (3D Exhibition Design & Visualisation)
Sarah Doyle (Graphic Design & Artwork)
Simon Kendrew (Media Design & Software Development)
Phil Henderson (3D Computer Modelling & Audio Visual Editing)
Matt Johnson (Design & Production Management)
Erich Kadow Interpretation & Design and Maytom Associates managed the implementation over a 3-month period ably assisted by The Workhaus, who were responsible for the joinery/build and installation, Fusion LX who provided and installed the audio visual hardware, and the GBM Group who supplied all the graphics and signage.
This unique opportunity to get beneath the skin of Victory opened to the public in September 2011. Along with Victory herself, it accompanies other Historic Dockyard attractions such as the magnificent Trafalgar Sail, the Nelson and Sailing Navy galleries to put the story into the wider naval historical context.