Beaney Institute

Beaney Institute

Canterbury, 2010

Following two successful HLF bids with Canterbury County Council, Casson Mann were appointed to see the design for the Beaney Institute in Canterbury though to completion. Unusually for a museum, the Beaney Institute has had the opportunity to think about conceptual, intellectual and directional orientation across all museum, library and art gallery spaces; as a result the spaces all feel as if they are part of the same story. The Beaney Insitute will be an exciting springboard into exploration, play, new ideas and creativity.

Throughout the museum, art gallery and library spaces, there will be a series of Explorer Points, where activities can take place. Text will be minimal; where possible objects, activities, visual clues and multisensory experiences will be used in its place. Displays in all of the spaces will gather objects together in order to make interesting points and provoke engaged responses, rather than to tell encyclopeadic historical or cultural stories. The Beaney Institute opens to the public in 2010.

Client: Canterbury County Council/ Kent County Council
Size: 700 square metres
Casson Mann’s role: Lead Consultant, Exhibition Design
Team: John Miller and Partners (Architects), Cartlidge Levine (Graphic Design)