Complex Coventry

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

The new Herbert opened in 2008 following a major redevelopment which transformed the museum’s site.

​The History Galleries are located along the vibrant foyer which provides a central backbone to the building. This is a light, happening space which brings together the different areas of the museum.

The History Galleries are a visually striking presentation of Coventry’s rich story, developed along an overhanging object timeline. The design took inspiration from the essence of the city as a bustling centre of production and consumption of goods: wool and cloth in medieval times, the ribbon industry in Victorian, and mass market industrial goods in the 20th century.

Overarching themes are Trade, Commerce and Consumerism. Installations at the centre of each historical section introduce and summarise these key themes, placing star objects as gateways to further exploration.

The new Herbert offers visitors a dynamic experience in which traditional subject borders dissolve and conventional collection classifications are challenged.

Project type


Scope of works

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







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