Colonial Building Museum

Colonial Building Museum

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Power and participation

From 1850 to 1959, the halls, rooms, and chambers of this legislature building were places of energy and decision-making: thresholds where the public and their elected members (and government workers) moved, discussing and debating about what brought them together—politics and how best to govern Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fathom (then Form:Media) worked with the provincial government to develop a cohesive design for the Colonial Building Museum. Their goal was to tell the story of the relationship between the legislature and its politicians, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and the wider world. The scope of the project was broad, ranging from developing the visual identity for the museum, interior and exterior wayfinding systems and exhibit themes and construction.

The goal of this project was to enhance visitor engagement through an interpretive approach to the exhibits and public events which are centred upon several common “thematic threads.” These are like universal lenses—mechanisms for looking at issues, events, actions—to help us explore and understand the concepts of power and participation and their impact on people’s lives.

STATUS

2016 (Schematic Design)

TYPE

Interpretive Planning

CLIENT

Provincial Historic Sites, Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, Newfoundland and Labrador

LOCATION

St. John’s, Newfoundland


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HISTORY HAPPENED HERE The Colonial Building during the riot of 1932.

HISTORY HAPPENED HERE
The Colonial Building during the riot of 1932.

SEAMLESS BRANDING A proposed poster for Colonial Building exhibitions.

SEAMLESS BRANDING
A proposed poster for Colonial Building exhibitions.