Life on the Rocks suits Gendall

Assistant Lighthouse Keeper Tony Marsh (c) Peter Ekin-Wood
Assistant Lighthouse Keeper Tony Marsh (c) Peter Ekin-Wood

Falmouth-based design agency, Gendall Design, has been chosen to design the National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s major new exhibition, Lighthouses: Life on the Rocks, which opens in February and will run for two years.

The exhibition will throw the spotlight on the world of lighthouses, from the triumph of engineering to the tall tales of the lighthouse keepers themselves, based on sketchbooks, notebooks and photos loaned by former keepers, as well as a large number of artefacts donated by Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority, which is supporting the exhibition.

Gendall has worked closely with the Maritime Museum to breathe life into a number of exhibitions to date, including touring exhibition ‘Surf’s Up’, which attracted 56,000 visitors when it visited Exeter and was a runner up in the South West Heritage Lottery Fund, Heritage Heroes Awards.

Tess Gendall, founder of Gendall Design, commented: “We wanted to really bring the drama and scale of lighthouses alive using sound, light and strong imagery, and our aim is to give voice to the human stories of the many heroic lighthouse keepers – stories which have never been told. It is a fantastic challenge to ensure we use effective design to really bring the visitor experience alive.”

The exhibition itself is part funded by a £30k grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.