Forging a connection between the visitor and the men and women of the Corps
This museum tells the story of the Corps of the Royal Australian Engineers: the people of the Corps, their ingenuity in the face of unpredictable circumstances, and the evolution of their technologies and practices.
FRD were engaged as heritage consultants to develop a thematic strategy and design concepts for the new military engineering museum, then re-engaged to develop its exhibition design and content. The first stage began with extensive analysis of the museum collection and associated history, in order to form a foundation for the thematic strategy and design concept. The second stage involved spatial planning, interpretive content development and creating all exhibition components and fixtures.
The museum incorporates a significant military collection across several exhibitions. This collection ranges from personal effects of soldiers to large-scale equipment and construction vehicles. FRD activated the stories of the people behind these artefacts via interpretive text, multimedia interventions and dynamic lighting. By emphasising the personal stories associated with these objects, the artefacts become a vehicle for forging a connection between the visitor and the men and women of the Corps.