If you visit the Library of Birmingham at the moment you can see a wonderful exhibition called Our Shakespeare - and it really is ours!
4D Projects was brought in by the British Library to tell the story of one of the world’s greatest writers, one of Warwickshire’s most famous sons and one of the best Shakespeare collections in the world - housed in the Library of Birmingham.
The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and is the first time that the First, Second and Third Folios have all been seen in one place.
It was also the first time that the Library had used a firm that handled design, installation and build of the exhibition, and the team there enjoyed the flexibility that brings.
We worked with curator Julian Harrison to develop the narrative and ensure that it was accessible to a really broad audience. The show’s premise was that Shakespeare belongs to everyone and demonstrated his influence around the world.
The interactive interpretation elements were particularly successful including Juliet’s Wall where visitors are encouraged to leave their own love messages, the Shakespearean Insult Wall which creates a personal insult based on first, middle and surname and a trail of paper-sculptures carved from miniature books to spot.
There were also engaging audiovisual elements including film of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, Birmingham Royal Ballet performing Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and recordings of Shakespearian quotations enlivening the space.
The exhibition is free and on until the 3rd September 2016 in The Gallery at the Library of Birmingham.
"We really enjoyed working with 4D Projects. The team were very hands on and worked collaboratively in partnership with us and the Library of Birmingham to develop the exhibition narrative and then design, build and install a truly elegant and accessible exhibition.”
Julian Harrison, British Library, Currator of Our Shakespeare