V&A – Without Walls – part of the HOP project

For the first time, we have partnered with the V&A  for the « Without Walls » exhibition through the National project History of Places.



The exhibition asks how we can achieve truly universal design. A central question for us as universal designers, ourselves. It is one of the first of its kind, the third as part of the HOP project (M-Shed Bristol, Museum of Liverpool) mixing varied format and senses. Reaching out for an accessible format can be a challenge, but simple steps can be taken too, making exhibitions much more accessible.

Allowing people to access content through different senses is key to success.


For this exhibition, we have collaborated on two tactile maps. Placed at the centre of the exhibition, you can touch the colored maps and browse them with your fingers. They illustrate two architecture plans of famous site : the pioneer Hogeywek Dementia Village and the Normansfield Hampton Wick Hospital, both pioneering places to improve the life of disabled people.


Our design focused on emphasising the organisation of life within both places. The bright coloured maps echo the nuancé colour range of the Museum and have been specifically studied in contrast and shape to be accessible to be people with sight loss.


As the exhibition is the first of its kind at V&A, we are hopeful that it will pave the way to many others within the museum and for other museums of all sizes.




Thank you to

The Victoria and Albert Museum and the History pf Places Project for their trust and especially:

Esther Fox, History of Places

Whitney Kerr-Lewis, Curator at the V&A

Charlotte Kingston: Designer

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