Leach's Queen's College timeline at nigh

11 metre lightbox brings 675-year-old University of Oxford story to life

A state-of-the-art 11 metre long display has been specially produced to tell the ancient 675-year-old story of The Queen’s College, a constituent of the University of Oxford.

This impactful commemoration of historic events was installed in the College’s Front Quad cloisters, and revealed at last month’s anniversary gala for old members and their families.

The bespoke timeline was supplied by Yorkshire-based Leach, with the design, production and installation of the 11 x 2.5 metre atmospheric lightbox all carried out by the company’s in-house team.

In fact it was Leach’s own rich heritage that caught the attention of project lead Anna Thorne, the College’s Director of Development. “As I was making plans for our celebratory event, I saw that Leach was also celebrating a milestone this year – it’s 125th birthday,” Anna explains. “Add to that the fact that managing director Richard Leach is an Old Member of the College and there seemed no better company to bring our 675-year-old tale to life.”

Leach took the project from concept to installation in just one week, meticulously conveying the College’s journey from 1341 to the present day. The eye-catching, yet flexible display system was then assembled by a two-man Leach installation team in only 90 minutes, in readiness for the 800 guests who enjoyed the College gala.

Commenting on the reveal, Anna said: “As the idea took shape, I became increasingly excited about the finished product, but when in place, the timeline surpassed all my expectations.

“The juxtaposition of ancient architecture, with beautiful, innovative display technology was stunning. It was bound to capture attention due to the sheer scale of the installation, but the fact that it was carefully illuminated made it a real showstopper.”

Visitors from throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as South Africa and the USA gathered for The Queen’s College celebrations. The timeline has since welcomed freshers and students at the start of the new academic year.

Commenting on his desire to get involved with the project, Richard Leach said: “Of course this is an institution that is close to my heart, and it is an honour to have been asked to tell its iconic story. But it is also a fantastic indication of the expertise within our progressive business.

“Every week, Leach works with high quality heritage establishments throughout the country, to inspire the visitors that come to see their sites and attractions. The vibrant team also creates ‘wow factor’ environments for brands, retailers and trade shows. This was a great opportunity for the two distinctly different skill-sets to come together and show just what is possible with intellectual input, design creativity and product innovation.”

Leach was established in 1891 as a one-man photographic studio. Now it is an internationally renowned graphic display specialist with a 30,000sqft headquarters and almost 100 employees.