Photography for The National Archives - Spirit of Invention Exhibition

June 08, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

In May I was commissioned to photograph the fascinating new exhibition at The National Archives, 'Spirit of Invention':

 

Photograph of the entrance to The National Archives exhibition, Spirit of Invention, with a large seesaw on a blue mat in the foreground, the exhibition sign and object visible through the entrance, a neon light above, two portraits on the wall to the left of a concrete pillar to the left and objects in the shop visible to the right.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

Spirit of Invention features original Victorian designs alongside designs from modern makers, is filled with interactive activities for children and adults and really encourages visitors to become inventors themselves!

"The exhibition has been inspired by the incredible inventions found in the Board of Trade design registers. These huge cloth-bound volumes officially registered ‘useful designs’ or inventions from people between 1843 and 1884. In doing so, the design registers allowed everyday people to register their designs for copyright protection."

I really enjoyed seeing the incredible ideas on display including clothes that grow with a child as they get older and a top hat that cools you down and makes quite the talking point, and the hoverbike was pretty cool too!

Below are some of the installation photographs of the exhibition but visit The National Archives' website to find out all about the exhibition and how to see and experience it yourself.

 

 

Photograph of the The National Archives exhibition Spirit of Invention, showing the Board of Trade design registers in a glass case in the foreground and objects and displays in the exhibition in the background.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

Photograph showing The National Archives exhibition Spirit of Invention, with two hats in the foreground on a display table with a lamp and boards on the wall in the background showing pages from the Board of Trade design registers with Victorian designs for a hat.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

The National Archives: Spirit of Invention, photograph of the exhibition showing walls with pages from Board of Trade design registers in the background and a table with lego on in the foreground, with small chairs around it and lamps hanging above.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.
The National Archives: Spirit of Invention, photograph of the exhibition showing colourful trousers that expand as a child grows displayed on a frame in the foreground and a top that matches it displayed on a yellow metal frame on the wall behind, next to some partially visible text and a sketchbook.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

The National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph of hands playing with Lego on a blue Lego baseboard.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.
The National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph of a wooden sideboard that has coloured rings on it and pipes coming from the top and across the ceiling, with boards showing pages from the Board of Trade design registers to the right.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

The National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph of a person listening to a funnel on top of a wooden device that is connected to a yellow pipe attached to the wall, looking to the right and smiling.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

The National Archives: Spirit of Invention, photograph of two people on a seesaw on a blue mat just outside the exhibition space, with signs in the background saying 'Reading rooms, Events' to the left, 'Cloakroom' in the centre and 'Spirit of Invention' to the rightThe National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.
The National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph of a person holding a cutout picture of another person's face in front of their own, opening a small front door on the table in front of them.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

Photograph of the exterior of The National Archives building in Kew, with 'Public Record Office' inscribed above the entrance, blue sky and clouds above and trees and plants with a bench in the foreground to the right and people sitting under umbrellas to the left.The National Archives: Spirit of InventionThe National Archives: Spirit of Invention. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for The National Archives.

It was great to work with the fantastic team at The National Archives and I encourage you to visit if you can!
 

Spirit of Invention is free to visit and open to all until 29 October 2023 at The National Archives. Check their website for opening times.

The National Archives
Kew, Richmond
TW9 4DU

Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

 


 

Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a photographer working with museums and arts organisations to capture their exhibitions, events and projects. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch


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