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.

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