Lacock Abbey was once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative. Sarner was commissioned to design and install a new interactive exhibition in time for the 175th anniversary of the announcement of Fox Talbot’s photographic process. The exhibition explores the Victorian inventor's home life, family and his pioneering achievements in photography which helped change the way we see the world today. The project has been a great success, providing visitors with a good balance of history and interactivity, suitable for all the family.
Services- Story, Research & Interpretation - Concept Design & Visualisation - Interior Design - Lighting, Audio, Video, Network Design - Set and Staging Design - Graphics - Lighting - Audiovisual - Theming - Art Direction
AwardsTripAdvisor - Travellers’ Choice
The Client's brief to Sarner was to tell the story of Fox Talbot, touching on his personal life and scientific endeavours alike via a fascinating narrated tour through his home. The existing exhibition was in need of a refresh which would strengthen the Abbey’s position as a much-loved historical attraction in South West England.
Sarner interpreted the brief with its usual visionary approach, based on storytelling, historical rigour, and technical flair. Great attention was put into creating a unique offer without compromising the identity of the place. The result is a beautifully balanced experience: immersive and emotive without being shouty, capable of attracting new audiences without alienating a more traditional demographic. In updating the museum, Sarner made the current offering more family friendly, hands on and interactive. Using a mixture of creative techniques interspersed with interactive elements, Sarner worked to bring the story of this Victorian inventor to life following through themes of invention, light, optics and photography.