Museum of Oxford
A project with Simon Leach Design
For Oxford City Council
Project duration 2016–2021
HLF funded, £2.8m
Architecture by Purcell
AV software design by Wide Sky
Illustration commissions by Emma Kelly, Andy Gammon
Exhibition build by Workhaus Projects
Lighting design by Dha
Grade II* listed building
The Museum of Oxford (MOX) reopened in October 2021 following an extensive redesign. We worked with Simon Leach Design for five years, reimagining the whole museum, including its layout, access, narrative sequence, design and visitor focus. The project creates a new ‘cultural hub’ at Oxford Town Hall with active learning and community participation at its core.
We conceived and created the exhibition graphic design and the new visual identity for the museum. Working closely with Simon Leach Design we oversaw and directed the av design and commissioned bespoke illustration for key exhibits. The visual language balances a bold colour palette and modern iconography with conscious restraint and respect for the object-rich displays.