A theatre’s history written large

Birmingham Hippodrome

Surface Impression worked with archivists and volunteers on a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to digitize and catalogue programmes, documents, tickets and photographs from the 110 year history of the Birmingham Hippodrome, one of the UK’s leading theatres. The results were ‘piped’ from collection data to an online catalogue and to a highly interactive, custom interface through two 65 inch long touch tables situated in the lobby areas of the theatre, where theatre-goers could explore a curated selection from the archive in a fun and engaging manner.

The same catalogue and supporting interpretation was also published online, through an entirely different interface, designed to match the main Birmingham Hippodrome website in style and navigation.