Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber

A series of immersive installations against the backdrop of Hampton Court Palace

Using design to enhance interactions and encourage visitors to cross the usual thresholds of exhibition design

‘Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber’ was a temporary installation that we created at London’s Hampton Court Palace in 2013. Organised by Historic Royal Palaces, the installation was set within the Baroque extension to the original Tudor palace designed by Christopher Wren in the 17th century. The exhibition told the story of the elaborately decorated State Beds in the world of the Stuart and Hanoverian court, exploring how the bedchamber was, in fact, the most important destination in the palace. We created a series of immersive installations that stimulated the senses and evoked a sense of intrigue and excitement, inviting visitors to cross the threshold of viewer and become part of the exhibition. It played with notions of voyeurism and spectacle, public and private, reflecting the role of bedchambers in the Hanoverian era.