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Knights and Castles, a new look at the Middle Ages

The new travelling exhibition “Knights and Castles”, designed by NorthernLight, takes a new and refreshing look at the Middle Ages. As the exhibition will travel through Europe, it symbolically links the life of people in today’s Europe to their shared medieval history. The exhibition has been commissioned by Museon, LVR Landesmuseum Bonn and Valkhof Museum. Museon is the first museum to host the exhibition, in the autumn of 2017.

Seven characters
Seven characters, each with a contemporary look, invite you to experience the Middle Ages in a modern way. You can experience medieval court dancing through an interactive Kinect application, compose your own medieval music with digital means and practice your jousting skills in a 3D rendered environment.

Through contemporary photography using real people, an unusual colour palette and modern furniture design, the exhibition connects with the world of today in a fresh, bright and modern way.

New perspective
The exhibition moves away from the dark and gloomy image of the Middle Ages. It shows that people’s lives back then were actually quite similar to how we are experiencing life in the 21st century. They too wanted to have a good life and enjoy themselves.

The exhibition also reveals that the Middle Ages were by no means only the backdrop of brave knights and beautiful maidens. It was actually a time of great inventions and discoveries, with major impact on science, culture, Christian values, the administrative organisation and the boundaries of today’s Europe. And even though this period is far away behind us, its remains and inventions still matter to our daily existence

The exhibition Knights and Castles has been produced and co-funded by Bruns. The innovative interactive media were produced by YiPP.


  • museumdesign
  • experience design


NorthernLight Design

NorthernLight Design conceives, designs, builds and installs exhibitions for a wide variety of exhibitors. Clients include museums, children museums, science centres, expos, private companies and urban entertainment developers. We provide turn-key results, specialising in taking a project from first concept to production and installation. Action and interaction are central to our approach.