Here are all our blog posts that contain our company news. These posts may be quick updates about our current design and interpretation projects at Potter Associates, or more detailed explorations about design in the heritage and education sectors.

Past posts in this category have included information about the museums, heritage centres and schools we have worked with in the past to design and create new exhibitions, galleries and learning spaces. In the past, we have been lucky enough to work many wonderful organisations including the Weald and Downland Museum, Arundel Museum, Jersey War Tunnels and Aviation Lincolnshire, to name but a few.

Wow! The paster cast gallery at the V&A

What’s a WOW?

As designers, we get asked regularly to produce the ‘WOW’ factor for an attraction or school. But what does this mean?

Designing child friendly spaces does not mean making a school a glorified playground, nor Disney-fying it

Why School Building Programmes Miss the Point

The procedural, box ticking exercise that underpins our school building programmes means that today, when we face so many issues in education, we are losing a huge opportunity to design spaces that really work for children.

Jersey War Tunnels Whispers and Lies, museum design

Small Budget, Big Impact

Our recent collaboration with Freedom Media in Jersey to design a new interactive gallery called Whispers and Lies at the Jersey War Tunnels shows that an exhibition can have a big impact even on small budget.

Enfield rifle and Forest timeline

Safeguarding Our Local Museums

One of the interesting debates we have had in our office recently focused on the purpose of local museums. Should such museums be judged on their social, cultural, or economic impact, and how do we safeguard their future?

View into gallery 3 & replica of Scadbury Barn cruck frame

Weald & Downland Living Museum Gateway Project official opening

This time last week we braved the pouring rain to attend the official opening of the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s new Gateway Project.

Arundel Museum, Potter Associates, who we are, museum design, heritage centre design

Arundel Museum – Four Years On

We can’t believe it will be four years next month since the opening of Arundel Museum. There has been lots of exciting developments at the Museum since that time, and Potter Associates has enjoyed a fantastic ongoing relationship with the Museum.

Arundel Museum

Arundel Museum has won the Sussex Heritage Trust Award

Arundel Museum has won the Sussex Heritage Trust’s Public and Community Award for 2015. For our designs the citation reads… ‘The displays inside the museum are well-designed and informative, enabling the visitor to gain a real understanding of the town’s history.’ As creators of the scheme we are extremely pleased that the Trust felt the […]

Weald & Download Open Air Museum

Writing workshop at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Jonothan Potter joined members of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum’s interpretation team for a writing workshop given by Cathy Lewis, a writer of interpretation copy. The workshop was extremely useful and made everyone think carefully about how they wanted the interpretation to feel. It also became clear how challenging it is going to be and how long the process is likely to take. As an exhibition designer I often (half jokingly) tell clients that graphics are the first thing to be started and the last thing to be manufactured, such is the complexity of the process.

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