State Library of  NSW


An exhibition telling the stories of soldiers, doctors, nurses, stretcher bearers and journalists in WW1 using the State Library of NSW’s collection of diaries, newspapers, photographs, artworks, maps and ephemera. The aim of Life Interrupted was to tell their stories in their own words. Modern white custom-built walls covered in vibrant photographs, drawings, quotes, diaries and letters curved through the galleries bringing the stories to life. In contrast, the dark traditional walls of the building carried the timeline of events, putting the content into perspective. Multimedia helped provide access to the objects, touchscreens enabling the visitor to read the diaries, along with slideshows, audio speakers, handsets, sound chairs, and an “audio collage” bringing the monumental wall of diaries to life. Layers of content allowed the visitor to navigate easily and dive in further when required.

Services Provided

design and production of exhibition from concept to installation • item documentation, content organisation, concept development, exhibition layout • 3d design, construction drawings, managing production and installation, incl. curved wall structures, item supports, iPad stands • graphic design + production, incl. captions, information panels, quotes, large visuals • integrating multimedia and lighting


July, 2014