Electrosonic, an international audio visual company, has supplied the audio visual and interactive systems supporting the exhibits at the Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, UK.
The Royal Armouries Museum has undergone major redevelopments over the last two years with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This latest project is a new “Voice of the Guns” gallery housing 14 of the museum’s most famous exhibits from the national collection of artillery and historic cannon.
Electrosonic, experts in creating tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms, has provided audio visual systems and interactives that enhance the visitor experience. Highlights include:
- Displays including short video sequences on LCD monitors built into a caption panels for the Great Turkish Bombard (a medieval wall smasher from 1464); a 1918 German 10.5 cm light field howitzer and two anti-aircraft guns from World War II.
- Two sections of the huge barrel of the Iraqi Supergun are displayed together with a 46-inch LCD monitor.
- Two wood-framed map tables house interactive exhibits, featuring overhead projectors from Electrosonic, show sequences describing how and why Fort Nelson was built when triggered by visitors.
- A black and white photograph of a Victorian recruiting sergeant comes to life in full colour to give a rousing talk about joining the Queen’s Army.
Museum Director Peter Armstrong said, “The new-look museum is proving a major hit with the public, and we’ve experienced a major boost to visitor figures since the launch last August, thanks to the new galleries, visitor facilities, education centre, and displays”.
Content for the audio visual elements was provided by the Royal Armouries. Electrosonic supplied the AV elements and Electrosonic’s Project Manager was Steve Whiting. The new museum design was by Haley Sharpe with exhibit fabrication by Antomic Woodworking.