Today, 28 February 2017, the National Army Museum rolls out its vibrant new brand and website. Launching in conjunction with the £23.75 million redevelopment of the Chelsea site (supported by HLF), the brand reflects a stronger and more focused identity both online and offline and has been created to increase the National Army Museum’s presence and power in the marketplace ahead of reopening on 30 March 2017.
Following an extensive review of the existing National Army Museum brand, the museum set out to transform perceptions of a dark and austere military museum to a modern, bright, engaging and relevant space fit for the 21st century.
Working with creative agencies Small Back Room, Premm Design, and ABG Design, the new National Army Museum brand is reflected in the physical museum, its website and has influenced designers across the project in every aspect, from permanent gallery displays and public spaces, to interior design and signage.
‘We are a museum whose story is both historic and of the moment. Not a day goes by without it featuring in the media; this is a unique and special position,’ says Genevieve Adkins, Assistant Director of Public Programmes.
‘The story is controversial, thought-provoking, sad, inspiring and, at times, amusing. Our role is to be more than a museum. We provide a space where audiences can reflect on the role of the army in society and the connection we, as citizens, have with it both historically and today.'
We strive to talk about our subject in ways that are at once insightful, sharing, conversational, stimulating and above all real and relevant. We want to inspire conversations, not just questions and answers, and support genuine and meaningful encounters with our story for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The new brand encapsulates this position.’
The design approach to the brand has been driven by colour, materials and textures found within the army. A diverse colour palette of energy and vibrancy reflecting the bright medal ribbons and regimental colours have replaced the traditional reds, dark greens, browns and greys. Metal colours reflect polished medals themselves and convey service and the value of that service.
These colours and materials sit at the heart of the new brand and will be visible throughout the new museum. Normandy green, the corporate colour, gives a modern, fresh and approachable aesthetic, yet is firmly rooted in the army and British traditions.
The branding agencies have also created a brand asset called Namouflage. This new distinctive mark, made up of overlapping museum titles, creates a military camo effect. The graphic device can be seen across commercial and corporate assets, merchandise ranges and the new website. A more playful Namouflage has also been created for Play Base which incorporates animals such as butterflies, lizards and rabbits.
The National Army Museum website has undergone a complete redesign to also align with the new brand and redeveloped museum. Created by Deeson, Europe’s leading Drupal agency and a specialist in cultural heritage sector, the new online hub will encourage conversations and allow easy access for audiences to find out what’s on, explore the museum’s Collection and to book events.
The simple navigation bar and homepage, designed with the Namouflage graphic, connects exhibition content to the online collection that houses information on millions of items. Museum curators are now able to effectively group images, video and historical content into simple scrolling landing pages that navigate to wider historical topics. It is also easier for the public to join the conversation via the National Army Museum social media channels.
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The National Army Museum is the leading authority on the history of the British Army. Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter and established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown it is a museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. The museum seeks to tell the story of the British Army, the personal experiences of the soldiers who have served in it and to connect the British public and it’s army demonstrating how the role of the army and its actions are still relevant today.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK.
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