Mather & Co, a leading visitor attraction and exhibition design consultancy, has been announced by the Highland Council as the successful exhibition designer for the project to transform Inverness Castle into a world-class visitor attraction.
Since its inception in 1995, the company has worked on the design of many popular and successful exhibitions, visitor attractions, tours and museums around the world. With 25 years of experience in the sector, Mather & Co is able to feature new and innovative ways to tell stories, engage visitors and attract new audiences.
Previous projects include Downton Abbey: The Exhibition; The Ultimate Lap at the Silverstone Experience; The Royal Mint Experience; and The R&A World of Golf Museum in St Andrews.
Transforming Inverness Castle
Mather & Co will bring this wealth of experience to the transformation of Inverness Castle and the development of the ‘Spirit of the Highlands’ project. Their approach will consider the whole experience of the visitor, including what people see and interact with before, during and after their visit. The project will ensure that everyone who visits the castle has a memorable time and will want to visit again in the future.
Celebrating and interpreting the ‘Spirit of the Highlands’ in 100 Stories will be the core theme of the visitor experience. The tender invited the successful company to develop and explore this theme in imaginative and unexpected ways, encouraging people to visit other locations around the Highlands.
“The appointment of Mather & Co as exhibition designers for the project is an important step in the transformation of Inverness Castle,” says Fergus Ewing MSP, co-chair of the Inverness Castle Delivery Group.
“Their wide experience across a varied range of visitor attractions throughout the world will be a welcome contribution to the development of the castle as a gateway for tourism in the Highlands, as well as a place that locals and visitors will be keen to visit again and again.”
Chris Mather, CEO of Mather & Co, adds: “We are excited to be a part of the project team and get started by creating a first-class and compelling destination attraction – showcasing the rich heritage of the Highlands and Islands and the Castle itself”
A world-class visitor attraction for the Highlands
High Life Highland is the managing agent for The Highland Council in the project to transform Inverness Castle into a visitor attraction for the Highlands. The transformation of Inverness Castle is supported by £15 million Scottish Government and £3 million UK Government investment through the Inverness and Highland city region deal.
The project aims to create a gateway for Highland tourism, contributing to the reinvigoration of tourism across the area and providing investment for the industry as it recovers from the pandemic. It will support economic growth throughout the Highland area, creating a sustainable, “must-see” attraction, celebrating the spirit of the Highlands.
The Inverness and Highland City Region deal is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.
Mather & Co is an experienced multidisciplinary design consultancy based in Chesire, UK. It offers a flexible, adaptable service, tailored to the needs of each client.
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