Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy

Nissen Richards Studio, London, 2012


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Exhibition at The Science Museum, London, as part of the centenary celebrations of the birth of computing pioneer Alan Turing

This exhibition was staged by the Science Musuem as part of the centenary celebrations of the birth of computing pioneer Alan Turing, and aims to explore the story of his life as well as the legacy of his work. The main feature of our design is a continuous maple-veneered timber wall, dynamically angled to form a false perspective centred on a lightbox portrait of Turing himself.

A wide range of artefacts explaining Turing’s remarkable impact on the history of computing are displayed in original showcases arranged within the main space. The surface of the veneered wall is pierced to frame moments of history, represented as ‘theatre sets’ composed from both archive images and original objects. Behind the wall are several intimate spaces that relate to particular stories from Turing’s life and work, creating moments of tension and intrigue for the visitor.

We worked with graphic designers Irish Butcher on the design of text and images, which were printed directly onto the veneered surfaces. Lighting designer Studio ZNA provided lighting to compliment the designs, including a series of light installations incorporated within the large scale graphics.


  • Begun: Apr 2012
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 345m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £70,000
  • Procurement: Bespoke Science Museum Contract
  • Address: The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD, United Kingdom

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