College alumni explore light and sound at National Science and Media Museum

26 May 2017

Work by BA (Hons) Illustration alumnus Adam Allsuch Boardman is now on display at ‘Wonderlab’, a new feature of the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford.

The free-to-enter Wonderlab gallery explores the science behind light and sound with 22 new hands-on exhibits. Adam’s illustrations appear on backlit colour coded interpretation panels, which explain how each exhibition works. Graphic design studio Lucienne Roberts+ were responsible for Wonderlab’s design identity, including the interpretation panels which feature Adam’s illustrations.

Echo Tube W Panel WEBImage: Echotube at Wonderlab. © National Science and Media Museum

Sl EchotubeImage: Detail from interpretation board. Image courtesy of Adam Allsuch Boardman

Speaking of his involvement with the project, Adam Allsuch Boardman said:

'Working with museums is always a fresh opportunity to learn something totally new and then attempt to clearly communicate that understanding. Whether it's something to do with the Second World War, British birds or in this case the science of sound and light, it's a wonderful task to make the imagery technically accurate, as well as suitable for the audience, the context and the client. I think the Wonderlab was a great example of various creatives approaching the science from different perspectives, resulting in an engaging and harmonious multi-media education experience."

The National Science and Media Museum also commissioned College alumna Liz West to produce work for the new gallery; after working with her for their 2015 summer exhibition. Liz has created ‘LightLab’ an interactive light-based 'test space' which she hopes will inspire visitors to experiment and play with light and colour.

Liz West Light Room2 WEBImage: Liz West Lightlab.© National Science and Media Museum

Wonderlab is a new interactive £1.8m gallery at the National Science and Media Museum, which opened to the public in March 2017. The gallery features a series of permanent exhibits, including some not available anywhere else in the world, exploring the science of light, sound and perception through state-of-the-art, hands-on activities and breath-taking shows.

Listing Image: Liz West Lightlab © National Science and Media Museum