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The new atrium displays at the Imperial War Museum which reopened on 19 July 2014


Casson Mann’s new galleries open at London’s Imperial War Museum

Closed since January, the landmark site reopened on 19 July with a new atrium by Fosters and Partners, and whole new galleries by Casson Mann.

The First World War gallery experience sees 2000 objects, large and small, displayed in themes that explore the impact, strategies and legacy of the Home and War Front efforts.

Visitors can discover the story of the First World War through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and at home. The gallery looks at how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its impact on people’s lives across the globe.

Visitors can walk through a recreated trench with a Sopwith Camel plane swooping low overhead as a Mark IV Tank looms above. They can explore the war at sea and campaigns in the Middle East, Africa, Gallipoli and the Western Front.

They are also presented with the opportunity to find out what life was like at home during the First World War in Britain and its former Empire, to discover the reasons why men signed up to fight and how Britain came under enemy air attacks, and to uncover the contributions women made in factories, hospitals and elsewhere to keep the troops fed and fighting.

The team, under Roger Mann, have also created the WWII gallery and post-1945 galleries.


We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed to work on a project at Auckland Castle

Home of Durham’s Prince Bishops since AD 1190, Auckland Castle contains the grandest of religious trappings and a famous gallery of works by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. Casson Mann have recently been appointed to work with the Auckland Castle Trust and Purcell to develop the interpretation of the castle and its extraordinary contents – and to design a new museum of ‘5000 years of Faith in Britain’ to be housed in a new extension designed by Niall Mclaughlin.

Visit the Auckland Castle website here


Casson Mann's exhibition Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War opens at Somerset House today

Casson Mann was commissioned to create a gallery befitting Spencer’s most poignant WWI paintings and his own hopes for exhibiting in London. The result is a powerful contemplative experience, inspired by Spencer’s own vision for a gallery space and the spiritual and profound peaceful atmosphere in the Chapel at Burghclere.

Visit the exhibition at Somerset House until 26 Juanuary 2014.


Navy, Nation and Nelson opens at the National Maritime Museum, London

Our latest project, a major new permanent gallery ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’ opened at the National Maritime Museum on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 2013.

The 400 m2 exhibition space, situated on the second floor of the museum, takes visitors on an object-rich journey through dramatically different narrative environments that weave together the three thematic strands using lighting, sounds, displays and projections to stimulate the senses, encourage discovery and create connections between events on land, on sea and below deck.


Casson Mann‘s latest project, the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia opens to visitors

After two years of renovation, the museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin reopens below historic Franklin Court in Philadelphia, U.S.A, and the underground venue now features a completely new exhibition experience by Casson Mann.

With a remit to teach visitors about the legacy of one of the great men of the 18th Century, Casson Mann was commissioned to work closely with consultant curators Remer & Talbott to create a completely new interpretive and interactive exhibition experience that will inform, engage and inspire the next generation of visitors, in particular the school groups that visit in large numbers from neighbouring states.


Hollywood Costume wins an ADC Bronze Award

We are very pleased that Hollywood Costume was recognised at the 92nd Annual Art Directors Club Awards, winning a bronze cube.

International juries of world-renowned creative directors, art directors, photographers, illustrators, designers, and copywriters selected the winning work.

The ADC website outlines the difficult goal of the judges: ‘to choose the most compelling, moving work from the past year – work our judges wish they had thought of – work that celebrates excellence in craft.’

To view the full list of winners, see the website


Casson Mann's stunning Treasures Gallery opens at the Natural History Museum

Opening to the public on 30 November, the Treasures Gallery offers a modern interpretation of the traditional cabinet of curiosities, showcasing the Museum’s most important objects.

Situated at the very heart of the Natural History Museum, at the head of the Central Hall’s north staircase, the new permanent Treasures gallery is a celebration of the Museum’s great collection and showcases 22 of the Museum’s 70 million significant specimens, highlighting their scientific value and historical, social and cultural worth.

The Gallery was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge at an official ceremony yesterday. Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon says, ‘The opening of Treasures represents an exciting future for the Natural History Museum. By inviting the world to explore the highlights of our world famous collection in this permanent gallery, many generations of visitors will capture their own unique insight into our natural world.’


Casson Mann are delighted to announce that they are part of the winning team selected to design the new international center of parietal art

It was announced yesterday that Casson Mann were appointed, as part of a team of architects and designers, to design a visitor centre known as ‘Lascaux IV’ at the site of the famous prehistoric cave art in the Aquitaine region of France.

Casson Mann, along with Norwegian architects Snohetta and Bordeaux-based architect Duncan Lewis, were initially selected as one of four teams short-listed from a total of 88 international applications. Yesterday the jury, composed of representatives of the Region, the General Council of Dordogne, and the State, appointed the Casson Mann team over a Spanish team lead by architects José Luis Mateo, Germans Auer and Weber, and famous French architect Jean Nouvel.

Our submission won the competition because of its “seamless integration into the landscape and the quality of its scenography” explained the jurors after three hours of discussion. Speaking about Casson Mann’s winning design, Jury member Bernard Cazeau, Président du Conseil Général de la Dordogne, said: “ from the point of view of the scenography – which was, in our eyes an essential factor – it’s the most successful project.”

The budget for the project is an estimated €50 million, and it is scheduled to open in 2015.