Many museums contain varied and seemingly disparate collections of objects. The Manchester Gallery reveals unexpected common narratives behind objects housed in the Manchester Museum collection, reflecting the story of the city's development.
The gallery's original mahogany cases are completely refurbished: new interior panels faced with Dibond are floated inside and custom-made fibre-optic lighting
installed. Hand-drawn graphics, inspired by the 'mind-map' process used in content research, are applied directly to interior panels. Grey spray-coated plinths provide visual relief and space for presentation of focus objects.
The skeleton of Maharajah (an adult male elephant formerly resident at Belle Vue Zoo, Manchester) creates a spectacular central focus and distinctive iconic object.