Our ability to interpret ambitious design ideas into cost-effective and innovative display solutions can be found in museums around the world.
We work with museum curators, exhibition designers, and leading showcase manufacturers on projects that range in size from the ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland (Museum + Heritage Best Permanent Exhibition 2017), to mounting a single piece for an iconic luxury brand.
Every one of our mounts is custom made for the object using the finest conservation-grade materials. We work with steel and stainless steel, brass, acrylic, resin, wood, glass and Corian to create mounts that display the object to best effect. Finishing, including powder-coating, patinating, brushing, polishing or spray-painting the surface, completes the look.
Pre and post-exhibition, we can provide detailed condition reports and advise on collection care and environmental monitoring. Should any object be damaged in transit, our experts are on hand to carry out high-quality restoration treatment.
We install permanent and touring exhibitions anywhere in the world.
Whatever the size or scale of the project, our experience displaying objects that range from tiny Roman coins to racing cars ensures that everything we display mount is safe, secure and shown to best advantage.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
One of Plowden & Smith’s largest projects in the UK to date has been display mounting and installing around 8,000 objects across the National Museum of Scotland’s ten new state-of-the-art galleries.
We built a fully equipped, six-man workshop to carry out the full range of mount-making processes on-site. The work encompassed an incredibly diverse range of objects, including Islamic tiles, meteorites, Samurai swords, fibreglass fish and designer shoes.
Every measurement needed to be precise in order to show off each piece to best advantage, securely supporting the object while protecting it from too much pressure.
images courtesy of the National Museum of Scotland