Coventry Transport Museum
Ace Cafe – June 2011, Ghost Town? – January 2010, Boomtown Galleries – Spring 2007, Motorcycle Gallery – April 2006
RFA has enjoyed a number of fruitfull collaborations with Coventry Transport Museum, creating three new galleries and one temporary exhibition, since 2006.
Ghost Town? looked at the dramatic decline of the car industry in Coventry, pushing the boundaries of gallery interpretation and design with no display cases or scripted panels. Visitors are exposed to contemporary news media and video interviews and encouraged to form their own opinions as to why the decline occurred. Dramatic floor and wall displays, influenced by artist Barbara Kruger’s work, interspersed with angled ramps and set-piece reconstructions provide a stimulating environment.
RFA was appointed to display the Museum’s collection of commercial vehicles and cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s within the popular Boomtown Galleries. Linking the existing galleries with a roadway provided a visual and physical thread through the spaces with a modular system of electronic signage, providing direction, interpretation and interactive opportunities.
RFA were appointed to design and build the new Motorcycle Gallery with exhibits selected from the Museum’s collection of over 100 British machines, many of which were made locally by manufacturers such as Triumph, Rudge and Francis Barnett.
The brief stated that the new gallery must be object led with as many motorcycles on display as possible, with some beautifully presented as ‘centre pieces’ and others displayed in ‘open storage’ with limited interpretation. Visit the Coventry Transport Museum website for more information about events and opening times at the country’s premier transport museum.