Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

National Museums Scotland

Design of major exhibition for National Museums Scotland, exploring the real story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.

The exhibition brought more than 300 spectacular objects including paintings, costumes, jewellery, documents, weapons and glassware from Scotland and across Europe. Exquisite objects, film, music and digital interactives were
all employed to bring the events of this turbulent period in European history
to life.

Our work included exhibition space planning, concepts, 3D exhibition design, case layouts, object mounting, graphic design, typography, wallpapers and lighting design.

Fragile objects like this tapestry were carefully displayed to meet
lux levels and conservation standards.


Truly comprehensive, it is essential viewing for anyone who cares about Scotland’s history

The Scotsman

“Amazing . . . Captivating . . .
Great piece of storytelling.”

BBC Radio Scotland


“Sumptuous . . . a dense and
illuminating romp through
this rich period of history.”

Sunday Herald

Layered graphics carrying distinctive iconography
highlighted each of the exhibition themes.

Sumptous costume, colourful digital backdrops and a complementary
colour palette were used to convey the richness of the Jacobite court
at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Film, floor graphics and backdrops of the Chateau St Germain
explored the story of Charles’s father’s exiled court in France.

Coins and medals displayed on a contemporary map were used to tell
the story of the journey south.

The exhibition played with scale and sightlines to add anticipation
and create moments of drama as the Jacobite story unfolded.

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