The Daniel Adamson – interpretation in a working vessel

We’re enjoying the challenge of using technology to interpret the history of this unique and historic vessel, one of only two surviving tug tenders in the UK and the only surviving steam powered tug tender. Working with Querceus Design and The Workhaus we’ve come up with some creative ways to make the very most of this unusual space.

Daniel Adamson in dry dock

As a working vessel it presents a number of health and safety issues and its size and shape mean that there is limited opportunity to use traditional interpretation methods.

Daniel Adamson health and safety

With the restoration of a stunning art deco lounge being part of the project, there have also been limitations on how much fixed technology we can use.

Daniel Adamson lounge restoration

We’ve found the answer to these challenges in the use of mobile tablets and integrating atmospheric exhibits into the infrastructure. These include evocative audio and recreating the ghost of a barman in the lounge who will relate stories from the Daniel Adamson’s varied history.

An unusual space can present challenges but it also provides interesting opportunities to work with the space creatively to develop approaches to interpretation that are very personal to the location.

On a practical note, we have chosen hardware that will stand up to the rigours of a marine environment in the form of IP rated marine grade screens that will cope with the inevitable demands of high moisture levels and wide-ranging temperatures.

It’s good to see the Daniel Adamson out of dry dock now and back into its normal working life.

Clevedon Pier – atmospheric and immersive experiences

This Victorian pier was described by Sir John Betjemen as “the most beautiful pier in England” and is the country’s only Grade I listed pier. We are working alongside Querceus Design and The Workhaus to provide an interpretation scheme for the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust.

Clevedon Pier

The overall interpretation will cover the history of the pier and the long-running campaign for its restoration, its place within the wider Clevedon area and role in making the town a holiday makers’ destination, and the ecology of the Severn estuary.

Our work will be focused on the new visitor centre in the Toll House at the near end of the pier where we will be maximising the available exhibition space using a combination of ambient soundscapes, audiovisual and themed interactives to give a feel of the life of the pier and surrounding area. An interactive exhibit will also show real time shipping information from the Bristol Channel.

Clevedon Pier Toll House

We will be using our database system to manage images from the history of the pier and creating a “Gesture Wall” to create an immersive experience from this archive material.

Visitors will also be able to get a sense of the great storm which had such an impact on the area as the storm is recreated within a small turret, once a spiral staircase, at the side of the Toll House.

Clevedon Pier tower

New project win: York Castle

A new exhibit at York Castle called Shaping the Body, looking at how culture, food, health and lifestyle have changed the way we look over the last 500 years, will open in March 2016, thanks to grant funding of £200,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation.

Using York Museum Trust’s extensive collections of costume, social history, archaeology and art, the exhibition will look at how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles.

We will be developing a number of audio visual and interactive exhibits to help visitors explore how what is judged to be the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.