Royal Wolf help bring the untold story of the shipping container to life at Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

‘CONTAINER – the box that changed the world’ exhibition launches this week 26 October 2017 - Royal Wolf, Australia’s largest provider of shipping containers, has partnered with Australian National Maritime Museum for a major exhibition bringing to life for the first time the untold history of shipping containers. Launching on Thursday 26th October 2017, ‘CONTAINER – the box that changed the world’, is constructed entirely from shipping containers supplied and modified by Royal Wolf.

Utilising five 20ft High Cube containers, and one 20ft high cube open side container spaces, CONTAINER takes visitors on a journey from its origins as a revolutionary means of transporting goods all over the world, through to its evolution as an innovative solution for a range of uses including accommodation, food trucks and art installations.

Brendon Greatrex, National Manager of Modifications at Royal Wolf, said that while at face value the containers look simple, there were many challenges the team navigated to bring the exhibitors’ vision to life. “The containers required large cut outs in the side wall for showcase displays, so they can be seen through windows.  We also incorporated solutions to ensure easy access for visitors, including hand railings,” said Brendon. Warner Anderson, Business Development Executive, Modifications, said there were a number of special features that were custom created to make the space seamless.

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“We had to ensure the structure could also support a special solar panel which powers the creative lighting set-up inside, as well as create a unique lining on the inside wall to highlight the amazing displays. For this, we applied a steel frame on the inside to accommodate the internal sheeting, and then painted plywood to give it that flat finish,” said Warner.

Neil Littlewood, CEO of Royal Wolf, said the company is proud to be a part of an exhibition that celebrates the unique and rich history of the industry and the limitless potential of the humble shipping container, as well as adding to Royal Wolf’s list of achievements in unique customisations. “Royal Wolf containers have been transformed into everything from pop-café’s, to festival kiosks serving food and drink, to permanent office spaces and construction site gantry’s This is largest-scale customised exhibition space we’ve been involved in creating to-date,” said Mr Littlewood.

The CONTAINER exhibition has been developed and curated by the Australian National Maritime Museum. CONTAINER is open to the public for free, from Thursday the 26th of October until late 2018, in front of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Wharf 7 building on Pirrama Road. For further information visit


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