Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

Two touch-screen interactives, along with audiovisual exhibits are part of a £5.4 million programme to create a world class visitor attraction at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse at the southernmost point of mainland Shetland.

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

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The remote and rugged location meant that we needed to ensure that the exhibits can withstand the effects of the local climate. We worked closely with the fit-out contractor to ensure that the kit, which was built in Huddersfield, could “plug and play”. With no specialist team on site, it was important that special attention was paid to details such as colour-coding cables to ensure that it would be as straightforward as possible to install.

Plug and Play for Ease of Install

Educational centre – Expert answers interactive

A new build Education Centre fulfils the Shetland Amenity Trust’s educational mission “to inspire and engage visitors by providing a range of learning opportunities that explore, increase knowledge and understanding of, and raise awareness of, the natural and cultural heritage of Sumburgh Head.”

Our interactive exhibit uses video to take the questions of visiting children and uses experts to answer them.

Study room interactive

Food Web interactive

The Sumburgh Head project is led by Shetland Amenity Trust in partnership with RSPB Scotland and the area is rich in wildlife. The area is home to one of Britain’s most accessible seabird colonies as well as many sea mammals.

Our interactive exhibit explains how the food web of the area’s sealife and birdlife is connected – even to the commercial fishing that supports human life too.

Food web interactive exhibit

Marine Life Centre – audiovisual exhibits

Sumburgh’s wildlife also features in a number of audiovisual exhibits, including a surround sound underwater experience which uses light, sound, movement and visuals to create a sensory experience of the marine habitat around the Shetland coast.

Featuring wildlife from zooplankton to Minke whales, this exhibit includes the visitor as part of the display. Designed by Leach Colour, a span of curved glass, 15m long and 2.2m high, consists of 200 separate ‘cells’ depicting the wildlife of the Shetland coast. The wall is programmed to mimic the visitors’ movements and each ‘cell’ reacts to their presence by changing the light level.

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Buildings will open its doors to the public on 2 May 2014 and will formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 3rd June 2014.