M+H Show and Awards, 2014

We love the M+H Show and Awards, bringing together so many people sharing new ideas, lessons learned, and exhibitors. It’s hard not to bump into someone you know! As part of the programme of talks, our MD Mark Leslie and Allen Packwood (Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge) gave a talk on the Churchill: Power of Words exhibition that was exhibited in the Morgan Library, NY.

For this year’s Awards, we were sponsoring (but not judging!) the International category. There were some outstanding projects submitted:

Shortlisted Projects:

Highly Commended:

© Gerrit Schreurs

and the Winner (drumroll please):

National Archives, The Netherlands, Het Geheugenpaleis (The Memory Palace – with your head in the archives)


The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through eleven long and short stories which cover almost a thousand years of Dutch history. A selection of  original documents, photographs and cards are on display to illustrate the stories hidden away in the archives. Every story has its own room in the exhibition. The rooms feature archive material, as well as personal interpretations of the material and stories by artists and designers.

Irene Gerrits, director of Collections and Public Services, said she was delighted with the prize.

 ‘Our intention with this exhibit is to show the public that archives are interesting and accessible. Through documents, photographs and maps we bring stories to life.’

The National Archives created the story lines and overall concept. The overall design of The Memory Palace and the art direction was conceived by designer Todd van Hulzen in collaboration with Studio Louter. The concept Todd van Hulzen thought up was “Out of the Box” and built as a set from archive boxes.

Het Geheugenpaleis is open until 4 Jan 2015, so get your skates on and check it out!


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