Exhibitions deal

Design agency help Royal Armouries tell their stories

Exhibitions: Charlie Barr [left] and Craig Mann

Scottish design agency, Studio MB, will help recreate important events in British history after securing 3D design and build services with the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. 

‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’ will be a temporary exhibition situated in the Tournament Gallery while the Second World War display will be a permanent feature of the War Gallery.

The Royal Armouries is the guardian of the national collection of arms and armour, housed across three UK sites: the Royal Armouries in Leeds, Fort Nelson near Portsmouth, and the White Tower within the Tower of London, collectively welcoming over two million visitors each year.

Studio MB will deliver design services and contract administration throughout the initial concept phase to the installation of final display elements. 

The ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’ exhibition within the Tournament Gallery will set out to showcase one of the most significant events of the 16th century; an international gathering in 1520 where King Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France, surrounded by the nobility of their respective nations, met to try and establish a lasting peace between the two countries.

Alongside combat armours, weapons, tools and historic documents the exhibition’s narrative will be brought to life through design highlighting the historic event’s opulence and pageantry. 

Meanwhile, the Second World War display within the War Gallery will feature objects which explore the technological advancements of warfare, including items rarely seen. 

The Royal Armouries project follows on from Studio MB’s work with The White Tower in London in designing the ‘Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill’ exhibition in 2009, the ‘Fit for a King’ display in 2010 and ‘Agincourt 600’ exhibition in 2015. The exhibitions showcased impressive royal armour and weaponry collections in a historic setting with a modern design twist.  

Charlie Barr, Founding Director of Studio MB, said: “This project has the potential to transform audiences’ understanding two momentous events in history and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as the agency to design these experiences.”

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