Plans for the marine centre exhibition
We have been working in partnership with Event, one of Europe’s leading experience design agencies, to develop the exhibits and attractions for the national marine centre. Event has worked very closely with Professor John Baxter, the principle marine adviser for Scottish Natural Heritage, and we have secured expertise from scientists, researchers and academics across Scotland.
Collaboration is central to the plans, with partnerships being developed across Scotland as well as internationally, highlighting the importance of Scotland’s seas within a global context.
The proposed exhibits will create an immersive, multi-sensory and dynamic experience, aimed at creating a sense of wonder and discovery. Plans include:
The story of how all life stems from the ocean. Clever use of light and 3D graphics will bring amazing facts to life, helping visitors appreciate that we depend on the ocean for survival and inspire them to help protect it.
The Marine Threshold
Projections of film footage to allow visitors to feel like they are diving under the waves, giving them access to a world they’ve never seen before.
The Marine Exploratory
Journey from shallow waters up to the heights of the seabird colonies of St Kilda and the Bass Rock, and then back down to the ocean’s depths. Explore underwater gardens, forests and reefs, as well as finding out more about Scotland’s incredible megafauna including sharks, orcas (killer whales) and dolphins. The Seabird Centre’s popular interactive live cameras will be in this area.
The Marine Lab
An interactive workshop area highlighting the remarkable story of some of the crucial marine research taking place in Scotland to help safeguard the oceans. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage and learn from regular ‘Meet the Scientist’ days and other learning events.
The Marine Observatory
This will focus on the wildlife that surrounds North Berwick. Visitors will experience stunning 360 degree views out to the Firth of Forth and North Berwick Law. There will also be information about the historical significance of the area including the Auld Kirk.
We are planning a children’s area where young visitors can discover a world above and below the waves. There will be hi tech virtual viewing devices such as snorkel masks, diving masks, periscopes or binoculars to see a wide range of different marine life. A 3D Marine Theatre is planned to showcase film footage that will bring the marine environment to life.
Accessibility is a central part of the plans: those with needs will be fully catered for with diverse displays and there will be the opportunity for visitors to delve into the level of knowledge they want to, as multiple layers of information are presented.
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Below are some illustrations, created by Event Communications, to highlight how the exhibits may look.