Introduction

There are two key elements to any exhibition - design and content. Simon Basketter and Richard Crowest have always believed that the best results come from developing these two parts of the project together, as one complete whole.That's why they've combined their extensive experience and skills to form Corvidae.

Below are some case studies of projects designed and/or written by Corvidae.

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Stackpole Rediscovered

The exhibition in the old dairy on the Stackpole estateAt Stackpole, we had a hugely ambitious brief to create a coherent visitor experience across a site with five hubs and no central point of contact. We began with some small-scale consultation to assess visitors’ key areas of interest, and planned our interpretation based on the results.

The project included new leaflets, interpretation on panels located at significant points throughout the landscape, and a new visitor centre telling the story of the estate and its wildlife. Orientation is provided by an innovative floor map that lets visitors walk the estate in miniature before they do it for real.

Interpretation is image-led and text-light, ensuring visitors don’t feel overwhelmed by rivers of English and Welsh copy. On a recent visit, one of the National Trust’s trustees described it as some of the best interpretation he’d seen in the organisation.

View the exhibition in a panoramic image.

See the evolution of Stackpole Court from the Georgian era to the present day.

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Knole visitor centre

The exhibition room in the Knole visitor centreCorvidae was asked to design and deliver the fittings and content for a three-room visitor reception at Knole in Sevenoaks. This medieval archbishop's palace, remodelled as a Jacobean courtier’s house, has a complex history and valuable collections whose appearance belies their significance. Corvidae used a wide range of media and techniques to bring the house, its people and their stories to life.

Explore our solution through a series of panoramic images.

Watch the stunning introductory film, presented by Dr Jonathan Foyle.

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Hughenden ManorThe enlarger at Hughenden, containing a micro video projector for interpretation

This grand National Trust house is famous as Disraeli’s country home. But it also played a vital role during World War II as ‘Hillside’, the Air Ministry's secret reconnaissance and mapping unit.

Corvidae has refitted one of the outbuildings to reflect is wartime use, complete with camera, enlarger and stereoscopes. The enlarger is more than just set dressing - it contains a micro video projector, displaying a slideshow of text and images about the unit and its work.

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