How a German prince suddenly became the ruler of a worldwide empire is one of the most interesting questions that the Niedersächsische Landesmuseum (Lower Saxony Federal State Museum) wanted to answer in an exhibition on the era of the personal union between Great Britain and Hannover.
For krafthaus, the atelier of facts and fiction, it was a truly royal pleasure to design the exhibition “When the royals came from Hannover“. Since special exhibitions of this kind only take place once every couple of years, the expectations were correspondingly high.
krafthaus co-operated closely with the Landesmuseum Hannover (Hannover Federal State Museum) and expo2508 on the implementation of the exhibition “When the royals came from Hannover” over a two-year period. We emphasised architectural clarity and translated the previously communicated corporate design into a three-dimensional space.
The use of colour played an important role with blocks of Hannover red strikingly contrasted with British royal blue, also reminiscent of the Union Jack.
We used spacial interfaces to represent the shifts in power and competencies. In the first room, which featured the jumping horse of Lower Saxony as its leitmotif, Hannover and London were still clearly separated from each other; later they fuse and connect illustrating the rapprochement and exchange between the two. Their joint history lasted 123 years from 1714 to 1837.
The 2,000-metre-square exhibition was subdivided into five sections corresponding to the chronology of the five rulers from the House of Welf, George I to George IV and William IV. Among other things, it showed how the migrant kings were received in Great Britain and what Gulliver’s Travels has to do with politics.
The fruitful scientific and cultural exchange between London and Hannover was illustrated by precious exhibits and underlined by the interactive stations. Themes such as the splendour at the royal court in London, the founding of the University of Göttingen, the works of George Friedrich Handel at the London court and the influence of English fashion on Hannover were highlighted by the world-class objects in a unique way that left a lasting impression.