Parliament House Display

The permanent exhibition at Parliament House was designed by Andrew Rankin and features three distinct sections. The first shows how a Bill is passed through Parliament. The second outlines Senate procedures and the day-to-day running of Parliament. The third displays the 1297 version of the Magna Carta, a document issued to King John of England by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges. This document was a significant early influence on the process that has led to the rule of constitutional law today.

Creating this exhibition involved cabinet printing, individually router-cut lettering, making caption panels as well as fabricating pedestals and stands for smaller items of interest.

Curved walls and the central column
All lettering was individually cut
Glass panels feature text from the Magna Carta
Display cabinets with printed graphics
Printed acrylic panels
Aluminium pedestals support books
Monitor panel direct-printed on acrylic
Acrylic blocks magnify text

The pull-quotes were manufactured from 3D router-cut acrylic letters and mounted directly to the curved plasterboard wall. A handrail-style strip visually ties the exhibition together. The central column is decorated with panels that were directly printed on to dibond and clear-coated. Every alternate panel is frosted acrylic. They are all mounted to the column with subtle stand-offs so no screws are visible.

Three glass panels showing parts of the Magna Carta (which is housed in the adjoining security cabinet) were made from graphics printed on adhesive vinyl and face-mounted at the back. They were fitted to the cabinet with stainless steel stand-offs.

Cabinet printing featured heavily in creating this exhibition. The glass cabinets were provided and Screenmakers applied graphics to the internal base panels. The background panels were double-sided on acrylic, face-mounted and printed on the back, then mounted back-to-back in the display case.

The large display case contains a series of Bills and paperwork. All the back panels were printed on dibond and clear-coated, then mounted directly to the internal wall of the cabinet.

Screenmakers also made stands and display holders for documents, manufactured out of clear acrylic, folded and held in place with silver anodised stand-offs. Small aluminium pedestals were made to display books. Inside the cases is a large dibond panel that was printed then wrapped around the side.

For the monitor display case, the panels were direct-printed onto a pre-cut panel of acrylic and mounted with silver anodised stand-offs. The prints are face-mounted on the back of clear acrylic and fitted over the monitor with special holders.

Also within the cabinet are books and papers. Acrylic blocks act as a magnifying glass to highlight significant areas of the document and hold the papers in place. The caption panels were printed on the back of frosted acrylic.