The Hold, Touring Exhibition

The Hold is a new public archive developed in partnership between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk, due for completion in 2020. The project will create a new, flagship heritage facility designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects, which will provide a reshaped service, launching people, young and old, on new voyages of discovery.

A pilot exhibition, designed by GuM entitled ‘Moles, Cherries and Murder’ was launched at the Suffolk County Show in the Summer of 2017. The exhibit then proceeded to tour libraries and public venues across the county gathering feedback on themes drawn from the Archives in Suffolk.

Key Features

The pilot exhibition took the concept of unpacking the archives, to explore the historic ‘Red Barn Murder’ and reveal the plethora of interconnected stories within.

The brief required the exhibit to be easily transportable from venue to venue and for it to be assembled by just one operative. Graphics and interactive elements needed to be clear and accessible to facilitate self-led exploration.

Interactive elements included; a fold-up table for document examination, six case files printed and housed in an ‘archive box’ , a facsimile death mask in a bespoke case, hand-out newspapers, puzzles and a sound interactive.

By creating a playful setting in which visitors are asked to open a box and take out stories that may intrigue or delight, the interactive tackles it’s main objective; to encourage each person to visit the archives to pursue their own research.