Bolton Library & Museum Services

Uniquely creative design to showcase Lowry’s Going to the Match

The brief

The iconic L.S. Lowry painting ‘Going to the Match’ is at the heart of this temporary exhibition by Bolton Library & Museum Services. Now back on public display following its acquisition by The Lowry in Salford, Bolton Museum was among the first in the region to receive and display this important piece of artwork.

The museum team planned to display the artwork within an exhibition which celebrated L.S. Lowry and Bolton’s footballing heritage, bringing together football and art with local exhibits, memories and related artwork in the year when Bolton Wanderers celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first FA Cup Final victory in 1923. Impression worked in partnership with the Library & Museum Services team to develop an engaging exhibition which evoked memories of footballing days gone by.

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Client Bolton Library & Museum Services
Sector Local Authority
Location Bolton, Greater Manchester

What we did

Wall vinyls

Bespoke props

Large format graphics

Internal signage & graphics

Artist collaboration

Visual branding services


Impression consulted with the Bolton Library & Museum Services team from the outset on its plans for Going to the Match, identifying our client’s exhibition timescales and its intended outcomes to ensure that work was delivered on time, in line with the curators’ vision and – as ever – aligned with the strong brand values which underline every Museum project Impression delivers.

Impression benefits from years’ of experience in working with Bolton Library & Museum Services, with excellent knowledge of the Museum’s architecture, gallery spaces and curator vision which enables us to seamlessly design, print and install Museum exhibitions like Going to the Match, incorporating bespoke large format graphics, wall vinyls, unique interactive props and more to engage visitors and bring galleries to life.


Our Design studio particularly enjoyed working with illustrator Lucia Vinti on this project. Appointed by the Museum to create a unique, fun and eye-catching illustrated ‘Lowry’s Walk’ feature wall in the exhibition, Lucia’s artwork guided visitors through Bolton’s sights and landmarks before arriving at Burnden Park.

Impression’s team collaborated with Lucia and the Museum to plan a creative exhibition space in line with the vision developed during our Consult work, which included entrance ‘floodlights’ wall graphics, visitor signage, exhibition displays and graphics, and interactive props enabling visitors of all ages to get involved in this celebration of Bolton’s footballing past and present.


Signage, wall vinyls, large format graphics and exhibition displays for Going to the Match at Bolton Museum were all printed, manufactured and finished in-house by Impression’s Create team in Greater Manchester, using robust materials which retained their quality and visual impact throughout the exhibition’s 3-month duration.

Led by our Consult phase strategy and exhibition plan, Impression’s production schedule was planned and monitored by Production Manager Scott to ensure all materials were ready for installation in time for the Museum’s planned opening events. Quality checks and assurance throughout maintained the highest standards of print and manufacturing consistency, with sharp visuals a priority for this prestigious exhibition of a world-famous artwork.


Installation of all signage, wall vinyls and exhibition display visuals was completed by Impression under the supervision of our experienced Installation Manager, Paul. With an installation schedule planned around the exhibition’s preview event, all materials were in place in good time ready for opening.

Impression’s CSCS-accredited Deliver team works throughout Greater Manchester, installing print and signage products for museum and visitor attraction clients that spark imaginations and drive footfall. ‘Going to the Match’ was installed with precision, true to the original gallery design and allowing good visitor movement through the gallery space. Impression will also support Bolton Museum with take-down and removal of graphics and signage at the exhibition’s close.

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‘Going to the Match’ was an important installation for Impression, shining a spotlight on both football and art in our local area, and allowing us to collaborate with talented artist Lucia Vinti as well as our client’s in-house curator team to produce unique graphics that capture visitors’ imaginations.

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