National Trust Sutton Hoo approached Ugly Studios to develop a temporary exhibition around the famous ship burial of Mound 1. Whilst answering the public need to discover more about the mysterious vessel, they aimed to spark the imagination of their visitors and fuel enthusiasm into community projects in the area.
With the central focus of the exhibition as a scale replica model of the M1 ship, we envisioned a series of evocative interpretive panels to support the ship's maritime context. Alongside vivid images and an enticing narrative, the panels suggest the graduation of shallow to deep water, whilst simultaneously augmenting the spiritual sub-themes of the exhibition.
The exhibition opened to a 'sea' of local dignitaries and academics and has continued to engage visitors to the site. Ugly Studios has continued to build on its thriving relationship with Sutton Hoo, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
What we did
[Ugly Studios] really listened to our design brief and interpreted our ideas in a creative manner. Flexible and approachable, [they] were also thorough and paid specific attention to detail throughout the whole process
Laura Howarth, Learning and Interpretation Officer, National Trust