Museum of Childhood

Museum of Childhood

City of Edinburgh Council

Interpretation strategy for the Museum of Childhood and fitout of ground floor Gallery One as a pilot project.

We were tasked with developing the interpretation strategy for the new gallery and implementing the first phase works for the fitout of the ground floor gallery. We took an audience-focused and thematic approach to the new displays. Based on the themes of Life, Learn and Play the gallery incorporate changeable elements, including interpretive panels and updatable object displays. Designed to appeal to a wide range of ages and abilities and to cater for a variety of learning styles, the displays include tactile and sensory exhibits, hands-on interactives, play opportunities, object displays, film, audio recordings, touchscreens, text panels and large scale wallpapers.

Our work included exhibition space planning, 3D exhibition design, object mounting, graphic design, interactives, illustration, digital design, print material and signage.

The exhibition encourages intergenerational learning as all ages
are encouraged to explore, discover and play together.


Studioarc’s experience, consistently creative and pragmatic approach meant there was simply no problem which couldn’t be solved nor obstacle overcome. They gave unwavering support and were prompt, patient and generous in sharing their ideas and time.

Gillian Findlay, Curatorial and Engagement Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

The exhibition instantly conveys a sense of fun and playfulness. Without reading a single word, this visual language invites visitors to explore, play and celebrate childhood.

Museums Journal Review, August 2018

A timeline explores the theme of ‘Learn’ incorporating objects, low-tech interactives, audio reminiscences and games.

Concise exhibition text is layered allowing visitors to skim for high level information or to read in more depth.

The rear of the exhibition is based on the theme of ‘Play’ and incorporates objects
and a den with books and dressing up costumes inspired by characters from
children’s literature.

Hanging out in the den!

Exploring the history of childhood, the new displays aim to engage
a wide range of visitors through a variety of learning styles.

Where will your imagination take you
in the dressing up area?

Getting to grips with the hands-on interactives.

Custom-designed display cases provide for updatable content
and create focused displays.

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