Design, manufacture and installation of museum wayfinding signage
Reade Signs provides the perfect blend of creativity, experience and expertise to help improve your visitor experience.
We work collaboratively with a range of specialists, including wayfinding consultants, brand experts, curators, project managers and visitor service professionals to design, manufacture and install wayfinding signage, interpretation boards and panels for museums and heritage sites.
Client Testimonial: Philippa Simpson Director of Design Estate and FuturePlan
Our museum wayfinding solutions include...
- Advice on technical plans and lead times
- Experience of materials for external and internal environments
- Meticulous planning
- Manufacture at our Hampshire factory
- Site visits – pre and post-installation
- Seamless install of wayfinding signage, interpretation boards and museum panels
- Materials that are high quality and sustainable
- Processes that combine traditional and state-of-the art techniques
Health and Safety
A key aspect of our work is our approach to health and safety and we take this very seriously. To demonstrate our commitment, we employ a specialist health and safety consultant and undertake accreditation and regular training relevant to our industry for your peace of mind.
Improve your visitor experience
Great museum wayfinding signage can help you:
- Encourage exploration
- Engage visitors
- Increase dwell time
- Improve accessibility
Some of our wayfinding clients
Frequently asked questions
Can you explain the project process?
Every project is different and requires a fresh approach and forward-thinking solution. Following the initial briefing and site visit, we develop the concept, conduct a site and technical survey, design and prototype the wayfinding signage, panels or interpretation graphics. When it’s ready, we supply proof for approval before manufacture in-house. We carefully mark out each site and our team install the signage in position. We can also maintain and refresh signage at any point in its life.
Do you work with museum wayfinding consultants?
Yes, we often collaborate with wayfinding consultants and designers. We provide technical advice to bring designs to life.
Which museums have you worked with?
Most recently we have completed a project to manufacture and install 400 directional signs at the V&A. The new system helps guide visitors through its vast 145 galleries, inviting them to explore the lesser-known parts of the museum collection. We’ve also worked with the National Trust, The Crystal and SeaCity Museum.
Is your museum wayfinding signage suitable for the visually impaired?
Yes – we can incorporate elements like over-sized text, colour coding and braille for the visually impaired in public and private sector environments.
Does Reade Signs provide project management?
Yes, we provide full project management to liaise with suppliers and stakeholders on your behalf. We take the project management headache away. We listen, understand, create and implement bespoke wayfinding programmes that lead people through a building or open space.
Can wayfinding support my museum or historic site branding?
Yes, intelligent wayfinding can reinforce a brand. Wayfinding signage and interpretation panels play a fundamental role in translating a brand and connecting people to the built environment. Finger posts, beautiful finials, materials that reflect the surroundings and careful colour matching for brand consistency on different materials all help to make wayfinding an intrinsic part of the overall brand within the building or site.
Reade Signs - accreditations
Installing wayfinding at the V&A was an ambitious and enormously complex undertaking, and relied on excellent communication and collaboration. Reade Signs were a pleasure to work with throughout, showing sensitivity to the demands of the Grade 1* listed building as well as a full understanding of the design intent. They were quick and innovative in proposing solutions to any challenges, and made sure any disruption to the day-to-day operations of the museum was kept to a minimum.