The Natural History Museum

Suspended Stretch Ceiling


The Natural History Museum in London is home to a vast range of life and earth science exhibits, including the museum’s world-famous dinosaur skeletons.

As part of the museum’s latest exhibition, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea, Barrisol Welch was asked to install a suspended Barrisol stretch ceiling for the projection of multiple images in order to create an underwater experience for visitors.

Barrisol Natural History Museum Ceiling Panel Installation

Completed over two days, we split the raft into 9 panels – 5 ceiling panels and 4 vertical panels positioned at each corner. Each panel was fixed to a lightweight aluminium frame to create one large raft spanning the 300m2 exhibition

The large aluminium framework was manufactured in smaller manageable pieces. Each section was braced with an aluminium box frame to strengthen the structure and fitted with a BS 350/11 track. The pieces were then powder coated to the clients specified RAL code.

The bespoke frame was shipped to the museum where we pieced together the structure and positioned the rafts one by one to the required height. Once the frame was in place, we fitted the Barrisol matt using gas heaters.

Watch: Barrisol Natural History Museum Installation

Stretch Ceiling Specialists

To meet the project brief, the Barrisol Welch team proposed the use of Blanc Douceur 01060 as the optimal finish for this particular application. The whitest in the Barrisol matt range, the colour and finish of the material allows for images and patterns to be projected easily and clearly, bringing a unique ambience to the exhibition.

Take a look at the completed stretch ceiling installation:

If you would like to know more about Barrisol stretch ceilings, call the Barrisol Welch team on 0800 124 4143 or fill out our handy contact form and we’ll call you back.

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