Behind the Printed Word

John Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland

The John Murray Archive is one of the most important publishing archives in the world, recording the lives and ideas of some of the greatest writers and thinkers of the 18th to 20th centuries, including Byron, Austen, Darwin and Livingstone.

The JMA tackles head-on the challenge of making two-dimensional material accessible to diverse audiences. An exemplary collaborative process led to a setting for the manuscripts which helps visitors find entry points into the subject matter and feel confident about their ability to navigate the archive.

The resulting design solutions have clear, visitor-focused goals, premised on an understanding that the key to engagement with the Archive is through the people whose writings it contains.

Project type


Scope of works

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






2005 - 2007

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