‘This is a trail not a single point of focus and as ever we are trying to explain something quite complex in a way which will grab people quickly,’ says Scienec Museum head of creative direction Tim Molloy.
In 2010 the Atmosphere Galleries opened. Molloy says here the design had to address ‘hard facts’ but now Climate Changing Stories, which follows on from the exhibition, will tell ‘provocative cultural stories around the notion of climate change as an antidote to hard science.’
At each stage of the trail ‘repetitive elements’ will indicate its continuation, where a book on a lectern shows ‘deeper content’ to support displays, says Molloy.
Twenty stories will be told which The Science Museum says ‘combine science and imagination, artwork and artifact bringing together different periods and perspectives to show the range of ingenious ways humans have and will respond to the changing world around them.’
Among these is Artist collective Troika’s Plant Fiction, which tells the stories of five fictional plants that have been genetically modified to improve the world around us.
Elsewhere design stories will be told, like that of the lightbulb. A timeline display shows the development of the light bulb in 1890 and the phasing out of the incandescent light bulb this year in what Molloy calls ‘a straightforward piece of museology.’
Anonymous, which is run by consultant Fiona Barlow, was tasked with developing ‘conceptual proposals’ and delivered 2D designs, which were developed in-house. 3D design was developed by retained consultant Andy Feast according to Molloy.