Tourwest was established in 1989 by Henry and Edith Lowe as an exhibition design and touring company. Based on Henry’s experience as a designer at the British museum, creative co-ordinator at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and head of exhibition development at the Natural History in London, and Edith’s skills and experience as an researcher, author and editor of technical publications, the company established itself as the leading independent provider of popular touring exhibitions in the UK. Tourwest has always been keen to reach out to a wider audience and has, to date, toured exhibitions not only in Europe, but also in the USA, Mexico, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Tourwest was awarded the contract to tour the biggest robotic dinosaur exhibition in Europe and from that experience developed key skills in venue search, contract negotiation, and touring logistics. Asked to provide touring services for other high profile popular exhibitions, the company used its in-house research and design team and expert consultants to develop its own exhibition concepts, and have produced these both in partnership with museums and also as self-financed projects.
Tourwest continues to offer touring exhibitions and also provides design and touring services to selected clients. Its expertise in combining rigorous research, high-quality design, engaging interactivity and popular appeal is applied to all new projects.