The Spanish Flu exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum, winner of the best UK temporary exhibition at the Museum and Heritage Awards

We don’t do ordinary! Unusual Expo were very proud to have designed the Spanish Flu exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum, winner of the best UK temporary exhibition at the Museum and Heritage Awards.

Our thanks go to David, Kristin, Holly and Hannah who let us loose on this brilliant project.

Why The Judges Chose This Winner:

“clever use of space and creative use of technology to tell an important story with great credibility and authority”

Spanish Flu Exhibition

Unusual designed and created this poignant reflection on 100 years since the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic at the Florence Nightingale Museum, London. Within a cleverly mirrored recreation of a military field tent the most has been made of a limited space complete with video projected beds, mechanical interactives, a shocking UV virus reveal and a scratch card trail.



OSU – Food Matters Live at Excel

Ricky from OSU said
“It went really well because of a brilliant stand!”

The agency Woof were equally impressed
“It looked great guys. Another fab job. Thank you!”

Gatwick Worldwide

We have designed different themed exhibition stands for Gatwick Airport at Routes in Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi, Vancouver, Durban and Berlin. All for EGiLive.

Easyjet at Business Travel

Clouds and tail fins from their current promotions made for a very peaceful stand. The Business Travel Show is a busy event and exhibitors need to stand out. For Easyjet Unusual created a calm stand framed by clouds and featuring an arcade grabber for the chance to win Free Flights. Designed and created by Unusual for EGi Live.

EGiLive asked us to create several Unusual exhibition stands for EasyJet at Business Travel in London. It’s a fun brand at a fun show. So whether visitors queued up to spin the wheel of fortune or to pluck a possible winning flower stem everyone enjoyed the day!

BP Worldwide

Orchard Design asked our team to look at how best to showcase BP Gas at large and small events in the UK, Japan, Qatar & Korea.

Hollis Events

Unusual have been working with Hollis Motorcycles to promote their New Vintage machine. This fantatsic bespoke motorcycle was showcased at the Goodwood Revival and garnered a deserved response from both buyers and Classic Bike magazine.




Press call with 25 GB athletes – medals to pose on and a backdrop to remind us how many medals the lottery has helped team GB win. 1 month design to delivery.

“Thank you Martin, great job all round.” James Farmer, Woof London


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels ran a special guest overnight at the Surrey HQ of McLaren to watch the Australian Grand Prix in the early hours. EGiLive asked us to design and deliver this special evening together with some atmospheric lighting that transformed this space-age environment.


Unusual brought beer closer to the audience creating unique insulated beer trolleys. These were combined with impactful entrance branding at 25 open air cinema events.
Designed for EGi Live, film events by The Luna Cinema.


DreamWorks Lights was a co-production between Unusual, Heritage GB and Liverpool Council to provide a stunning centre piece to the city’s One Magical City Christmas programme. Delivered to a huge audience at the city’s famous St. George’s Hall it created a massive stir not least thanks to Shrek appearing on the roof!

Gatwick Forum

EGiLive asked us to design & deliver several presentation sets at Gatwick Airport for events both landside and airside.

Double Tree Luna

EGiLive asked Unusual to design, create and implement lead sponsor activities for the hotel chain DoubleTree by Hilton. Activities have centred on audience involvement and brand recognition at Luna’s summer cinema screenings. This has meant our teams delivering over 300 events with photo ops, competitions and a prize winning double bed experience come rain or shine!

Hilton Events

EGiLive asked our team to design, deliver and support Hilton Honours activities at large events in London, Edinburgh and Munich. Guests simply needed good signage, branded meeting points and a fun evening!



Alice in Winterland

Alice in Winterland

Alice in Winterland Christmas lantern experience fills 12 acres of Southwark Park, London. Unusual created the concept, designed and delivered the project for Golden Tours together with Agosin and Continental Drifts. It features over 160 lanterns with slides, interactives & video installations. Character design is by Stuart Wescombe.

Alice Lanterns

Visiting the factory in China where the Alice lantern characters were created. Our designs were scaled up, some to 5m tall. Their artists create a steel frame over which they stretch coloured silks. Oh, and they also make the odd dinosaur!

Dragon Quest

Unusual have just created a complete upgrade to Dragon Quest at Alnwick Castle. Our team brought in a new story lead by recorded actors interacting with visitors in fantatsic new scenes featuring knights, witches, lava, mazes, hauted woods and a mighty dragon that rears up to stunning effect.

BBC Doctor Who

The team at Unusual were behind the design, creation and roll-out of the popular touring Doctor Who Exhibitions under license from BBC Worldwide. These ran for five years and worked as JV’s with major museums and science centres at 14 venues throughout the UK, attracting over 2.1M visitors. Displays featured costumes, props, interactive creatures and some spectacular battling Daleks!

One Small Step

One Small Step was developed, designed and created by us for two science centre exhibitions. Spaceport in Liverpool and Dundee science centre. It featured a mix or real space artifacts and models of spacecraft and landers. Mat Irvine, the BBC’s former space expert wrote and advised on the project for us.

Jurassic Karts

Unusual transformed a dated ride into an amazing Jurassic Experience at the Needles in the Isle of Wight. Using a unique technique our creative team were able to create this rocky landscape mixing 2D imagery, 3D rocks, creatures and real planting in less than two weeks. It even has it’s own 4m high Volcano complete with flame lights, booming sounds and smoke FX.

BBC Coast

The Unsual team were responsible for creating the popular BBC Coast Exhibitions. One featured a re-working of a famous fin whale skeleton – see the before and after examples. We also added a hydralulic powered shaking floor to depict erosion. It was hosted by TV’s Dick Strawbridge.

Land’s End

Heritage GB, the owners of Land’s End and John O’Groats (amongst other attractions) asked us to devise a new attraction for Land’s End. Featuring Brian Blessed we designed and created Arthur’s Quest a great walk through, interactive family experience. Visitors cross rope bridges above raging fire, get lost in forest mirror mazes and encounter a dreadful dragon.



We have designed all manner of exhibitions, events and experiences. We can produce original concepts or work up an existing design or proposal. Whether you have prepared a detailed brief, just a simple idea or need something worked up from scratch we can take it from here.


Our team oversee all aspects of the creative process from physical build, graphics, audio visual and interactive presentation. We work up concepts through detailed drawings, site layouts and content storyboards to ensure you get stage by stage feedback as projects progress.


We have delivered projects in the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East, America, Africa and the Isle of Wight. Venues have been inside and outside, in vast exhibition halls and historic stately homes, museums, even a phone box. We pride ourselves in delivering projects on time and on budget.

Ashes Sleepover at the Ageas Stadium

Unusual were asked by EGiLive to create a warm and inviting environment for guests attending an overnight screening of the Ashes opening match at the Media Centre in the Hilton Ageas Stadium, Southampton. We brought our best 11 Hilton specification beds, lighting and atmosphere to work with Luna Cinema’s big screen experience. Bringing beds to a hotel is ultimately ironic but we were able to make a great evening very memorable indeed. Certainly an Unusual evening for all concerned.

Gatwick Jobs Fair

Job fairs are run of the mill but we wanted to create something that is Unusual to this format. We were tasked with creating a bespoke environment to host 40 companies wanting to meet over 1500 attendees. Our design placed companies within themed zones and gave each one a branded backdrop and counter. This meant every company had equal billing and could just turn up with everything prepared – no need to bring posters and blu-tac for once! With an inflatable interview pod, live graphic wall and engaging seminar events EGiLive produced a spectacular day.

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