National Maritime Museum

We were appointed to create a series of audio-visual exhibits for the Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London; the largest ever exhibition about the famous 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys.

A Son et Lumiere show with evocative soundscape sets the scene, placing visitors at the execution of King Charles I which Pepys witnessed as a schoolboy.

In ‘Court and Pleasure’ impressionistic shadow plays projected within a 3D set works with running commentary from Pepys, allowing visitors to enjoy 17th century entertainment in a Restoration Theatre setting. A quirky animation using etching illustration draws attention to Pepys’ involvement with great thinkers of the period in ‘Science and Society’, while the ‘Plague’ atmospheric audio gives an impression of London at that time.

The Great Fire of 1666 comes to life in a 5 screen panoramic display. A combination of specially commissioned wood-cut illustrations and real smoke, fire and burning embers are animated to convey the chronology of events. Together with an animated map showing the progressive burning of the city, an evocative soundscape and narrated excerpts from Pepys’s diary create an immersive audio-visual environment.

 A supplementary audio tour brings the words and details of Pepys’s diary to life, providing a personal narrative for the historical events and objects displayed in the exhibition.


 “The Great Fire […] reimagined with some evocative audio-visuals” “history rivetingly brought to life”,“ ★★★★ The Telegraph