Metaphor, a leading planner and designer of museums, has announced that it has been chosen to partner with the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich on a renovation project of the historic Nelson Room. This will include the creation of a new AV experience, exploring the time between Nelson’s death and his funeral, as the room was used to store the body for this 11-day period in 1806.
The AV experience will use the setting and story to ask universal questions, such as what makes someone a national hero, and how people react when a much-loved celebrity dies. It will also look at what public ceremonials say about culture and politics.
Bringing the story up to date
In addition to this, the wider interpretation will compare the legend of Nelson as a national hero to the complexity of the man himself. The Metaphor team will strive to make the story of Nelson’s death relevant to modern audiences, while also ensuring that it works with the unique architecture of this historic room.
“This project is an exciting challenge for the Metaphor team and our partner companies,” says a company spokesperson. “How can we work with the client to make Nelson relevant for a younger and more diverse audience? How can we tell a unique story about Nelson that simultaneously speaks to universal themes? How can we create an experience that is sympathetic to the unique architecture of Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor? These are questions we look forward to tackling as we progress the designs.”
Earlier this month, Metaphor also announced that a recent project, Winchester Cathedral South Transept Exhibition Spaces, has won 3 RIBA South Awards, including RIBA South Award 2021, RIBA South Conservation Award 2021 & RIBA South Client of the Year Award 2021. The exhibition spaces were designed by Nick Cox Architects with Metaphor as the exhibition designers.