The Museum at the New Room

Following a successful tendering process, Cod Steaks was awarded the interpretive design, construction & installation of the New Room Museum in Bristol. The brand new museum focuses on the works and principles of the founders of the Methodist movement, John and Charles Wesley, whilst reinvigorating the oldest Methodist chapel in the world.

Working closely with the client, Cod Steaks was able to reflect the incredible Wesley story through a range of themed, graphic and audio visual content within the stringent confines of a Grade II listed building. The stunning exhibits fill the rooms from floor to ceiling, using textured set works and sympathetic lighting to engage visitors with life in 18th Century Britain. The stimulus to explore is extended throughout the permanent exhibition with a variety of manual interactives, as well as interpretive content and replicas hidden in drawers, books and cabinets.

Also on display is the result of Cod Steaks’ community consultation, a film called ‘John Wesley’s Good Ideas’, which takes John Wesley’s manifesto – a practical commentary on the many social issues he identified in the 18th Century – and explores their relevance today: for example, anti-slavery, consumerism and equality. Filmed & directed by Biggerhouse Film, the short film is a wonderful combination of animation and live action sequences edited from workshop sessions Cod Steaks held with over 150 school children from across the city.

In order that the visitor experience is fully immersive the museum audio-guide, produced by Cod Steaks, brings the story to life with dramatic voice overs and additional sound effects. The audio-guide has subsequently been translated into Spanish and Korean to accommodate the New Room’s wider audience, and huge number of international visitors to the museum.

Further to the New Room Museum, Cod Steaks will be making improvements to Charles Wesley’s House situated within a short walk in Charles Street, which recounts the complete story of Charles Wesley: arguably the world’s greatest hymn writer.

If you are considering Cod Steaks for your museum interpretation, we highly recommend visiting the New Room Museum. Details for admission can be found here: www.newroombristol.org.uk

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