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The Book-on-the-Wall & the Exhibition


st brides museum

St Bride's Museum Fleet St (now redisplayed by the Museum of London )


Horniman obj as diagram


obj as diagram horniman museum case


porstmouth museum

Portsmouth Museum

Museum of London

Victoria and albert museum

The V&A in the 19th Century with decoration intact

victoria and albert museum

The V&A with decoration painted over and lino hiding the mosaic floors

Increasingly, the need to provide the curious public with further information grew. Labels turned into didactive panels.

Some museums became like books on the wall, dominated by graphic panels, objects used mainly as illustrations.

A modernist reaction against 19th Century architecture, and lack of funds following the wars led to a feeling that grand architecture detracted from the displays.

At the V&A and the Science Museum the original interior decoration disappeared behind lino floors, cream painted walls, vistas were broken up and partioned off.

Book on the Wall displays made sense with a public without the income to buy many books, and with limited media channels available for eductainment.









Page updated 7th January 2008

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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