The People's Museum

Lifetimes, Museum of Croydon

Event’s task in Croydon was to provide a relevant and accessible museum for a diverse local community.

The residents of Croydon indicated clearly that they did not want a traditional museum. However, the team was confident Lifetimes could still focus on objects. It began borrowing material from local people which reflected the diversity of the community. Every acquisition was followed up with recorded interviews about the object’s history and the stories associated with it.

In a ground breaking departure at the time, Event suggested multimedia as the basis of the interpretive displays. It would make the most of limited space and enable visitors to access information at their own pace. It could also offer sound, image, text and video - and be interactive and user friendly. Objects remain the prime focus and stimulus for exploration.

Project type

Museum

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Construction Management

Scale

350m2

Location

Croydon

Programme

1993-1995

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‘"A unique interactive museum which is compelling and set us apart from all others"’

Peter Anderson
Director, Lifetimes