We worked with the Francis Crick Institute to develop and design their first major public exhibition, Open for Discovery.
The Crick is a new state-of-the-art biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Located in the heart of London, it brings together over 1500 scientists and support staff to work work collaboratively and be a world-class research institution.
Open for Discovery explores discoveries made by Crick scientists past and present in five research areas and the story of the Institute’s namesake, Francis Crick.
The Institute, its founding sites and scientists have historically played a crucial role in contributing to our understanding of DNA, cancer, growth factors, TB and influenza. These remain key focuses for the new Institute and they continue to be world-class in their research.
The exhibition combines past stories of discovery with the impact, influence and role the research has for scientists today: such as how Crick’s role in discovering the structure of DNA has contributed to Crick scientist Charlie Swanton’s research into the genetic makeup of tumours and potential to develop personalised cancer immunotherapy.
Open for Discovery includes archive news articles about landmark scientific discoveries by Crick scientists, models of significant contemporary research, stories of how eggs are used routinely in influenza research, and a letter sent by Francis Crick to his 12 year old son, excitedly telling him of his important discovery before it was published in the prestigious journal Nature.