South Tyneside Council

Cracked! Secret Codes & Communication Exhibition

Visitors could delve in to the mysterious world of covert communications at this exhibition at The Word in South Shields. ‘Cracked!’ took the visitor on a journey starting with the earliest examples of codes and ciphers, going on to look at methods of secret communication used during war times then exploring how modern technology uses code to allow us to communicate safely today.

Visitors could try their hand at cracking a secret code using the Caesar wheel, communicate a message to their friends using Flag Semaphore at the Code Station, and discover the ciphers and codes that have remained unsolved for years and are a still a mystery to even the sharpest of cryptologists today! 

We researched the topic in depth, writing all the content and creating all the artwork for the walls and supporting items. We then built and installed the exhibition at The Word, including the build of the Code Station interactive. 

When the Bugle Calls
A touring exhibition from DLI Collection

The exhibition shared the room with ‘When the Bugle Calls’, a touring exhibition from the Durham Light Infantry Collection. 

The exhibition tells the story of the Durham Light Infantry’s soldiers, bands and bugles and features sounds, footage and objects from the DLI Collection. ‘When the Bugle Calls’ tells the story of how both the British Army and individual soldiers used music to rally their regiments, keeping morale alive in dark and dangerous times. 

The artwork for this exhibition was sent to us by the DLI and we resized it to fit in the space at The Word. We constructed and installed the exhibition at The Word.