The National Archives is home to researchers, family historians, civil servants and over 1,000 years of national records. Opening the public spaces to is part of a mission to provide new ways to interact with the collections. In this Q&A, Geoff Shearcroft and Wayne Hemingway MBE, discuss how architecture and design can be used to reimagine the archive and shift its boundaries.
As part of this talk, Geoff Shearcroft, director at AOC architecture, will present his practice’s architectural masterplans for the overhaul of the spaces inside the iconic, 'Brutalist' landmark in South West London. Wayne Hemingway will talk about the challenge of rebranding The National Archives.
Geoff Shearcroft studied at the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Art. He founded AOC architecture in 2005; his practice designed the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection to create an accessible gallery space and recently completed the exhibition design for Good Grief, Charlie Brown! at Somerset House.
Wayne Hemingway is the founder of HemingwayDesign, an internationally-acclaimed design agency, which has delivered a string of regeneration projects across the country. With a career spanning four decades in the design industry, Wayne’s diverse portfolio ranges from the design of the Transport for London uniforms in 2015 to the redevelopment of Dreamland in Margate.