The National Maritime Museum unveiled its brand new Sammy Ofer Wing yesterday, a massive £36.5 million project that aims to mark the beginning of a radical new era for the institution. Made possible thanks to a whopping donation of £20 million from shipping magnate Sammy Ofer (who sadly died at the beginning of June) as well as £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the new wing includes both permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a cafe, brasserie, library, lounge area and significantly increased space for the museum’s vast archive. It was officially opened earlier this week by the Duke of Edinburgh, a patron of the museum and a former trustee.
ClickNetherfield provided display casing for the length of a 36m wall in the permanent Voyagers gallery, installing 2 bespoke integrated multi-bay Incas and 1 wall-mounted Prism. We carefully tailored the design of our existing Inca system in order to make perfect use of the space available. Dominated by a long, multi-faceted, wave-like structure in the centre, onto which bespoke video is projected, the Voyagers gallery tells the story of Britain and the sea from the 16th to the 20th century through objects ranging from Nelson’s last letter to his daughter to a 200-year-old ship’s biscuit.
The new wing, a major project which started four years ago, is the first step in the complete refurbishment of the museum as a whole, which will be done gradually over the coming years.