Hidden Histories is a new strand of the visitor experience at the National Trust’s Tatton House near Knutsford. Tours of the grand rooms and estate have always been popular, and now visitors taking the tours of the kitchens and servants quarters can explore the lives and working conditions of named servants in the 1900s, and a fascinating insight into the technology of the time.
A number of iPads, some mounted on stands and some held by the guides, bring to life interactive stories from the housekeeper, cook, maids and sculleryman, through their diaries, daily schedules and ledgers. We created the project as a number of modules which will be extended when further parts of ‘downstairs’ in the mansion are revealed.
The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is a well-loved museum on the outskirts of Runcorn, which has fuelled a passion for science and chemistry in local school children for many years.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund the exciting interactive enabled visitors to explore the history of the area from the Observation Gallery. Scanning NFC tags at key locations in the Observatory activated content on touch-screen enabled devices, displaying useful facts, historical galleries, animations and even a quiz; where users would be given tokens to place in their virtual backpack.
We also produced a self-guided booklet enabling visitors to explore the landmarks of the surrounding industrial landscape.
Discovering the Museum of Science & Industry
Building an insight into the museum where Manchester’s Industrial and technological routes are brought to life; across a super-wide 3 screen within the mesmerising entrance hall to ensure eager anticipation of the journey to come.
Using pre-existing unused footage of the museum we were asked to create a film that welcomed visitors to the museum, giving them a hint of what to expect on their visit. We then designed and produced a beautiful motion graphic, depicting the science and steam that is Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry.
Screened on the huge video wall in the Revolution Manchester entrance hall we combined the footage with animation, kinetic typography and atmospheric soundscapes to deliver a film that showcases MOSI’s unique visitor experience.
“In south-west Lancashire, babes don’t toddle, they side-step. Rugby League is a physical manifestation of our rules of life, comradeship, honest endeavour and a staunch allegiance to fair-play” Colin Welland
A heritage project close to our heart and roots in Warrington, Fuzzy Duck and the Wolves Foundation spent 12 months working together on the huge project of documenting the rich history of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club and the town they represent.
After securing Heritage Lottery funding, we produced a 100 metre long timeline, supported by augmented reality, motion graphics, poetry and two, 12 minute documentaries.
Warrington is a town with a rising population and we were determined to have these newcomers understand and learn to love the sport, the team, the town.
The project was awarded bronze in the 2013 Fresh Creative Awards, Best Breakthrough category.
Fuzzy Duck have completed a major project helping United Utilities to mastermind the delivery of a new visitor centre at their brand new £200 million wastewater treatment works in Liverpool.
As part of the delivery of the new facility United Utilities engaged the Ducks to chronicle the story of the River Mersey, the historic Liverpool Docks and the vast environmental advancements designed to clean up the river. Fuzzy Duck worked to design and build the visitor exhibition space as well as a limited edition book and a short film for the official opening by H.R.H. The Princess Royal.
The Atkinson Museum in Southport has a large range of ancient Egyptian artefacts thanks to a wealthy Victorian lady named Anne Goodison. Anne Goodison was from Bootle and was fascinated with Egyptology. She visited Egypt twice in the late 1880s and brought back a wide selection of artefacts which were housed in a ‘museum room’ in her family home near Crosby.
After Anne’s death in 1906, her husband had no interest in the collection and so donated it to the Bootle Museum in 1908. After the museum’s closure in 1974, the collection was taken to Southport for safe storage. Now for the first time in 40 years, items from the collection are now back on display at The Atkinson.
As part of the £1.6 million refurbishment, Fuzzy Duck developed four educational touchscreen interactives and five tablets which were located throughout the Tudor manor house.
We interviewed local historians and restorers to learn more about the history of Bramall Hall and how the restoration processes took place.
The videos & interviews allowed visitors with limited mobility to explore each of the rooms on all the floors.
“You had me at sludge treatment”
The treatment works at Davyhulme in Manchester have been at the forefront of wastewater treatment for over 100 years. As part of the celebration of this milestone, wastewater experts from around the world were invited to the Davyhulme Works to look back at the evolution and learn of the pioneering technology employed there today.
This formed part of a wider conference on water treatment held in Manchester. Working closely with the communications team and engineers at Davyhulme to design and produce a series of information boards at 6 points around the site. The boards also used augmented reality to deliver videos of the treatment processes involved.
The house at Lyme Park was transformed for Christmas into a rich, sensory Edwardian Christmas.
This Christmas experience was inspired by the book ‘Treasure on Earth’; an evocative & nostalgic text written by Phyllis Legh & first published in 1952. This text tells the story of Phyllis’s experiences of ‘Vyne’ (Lyme) at Christmas in 1906. The text glows with love & warmth, and gives wonderful descriptions of how the house looked and felt at Christmas and New Year, “The door of the saloon opened on a scene of almost unreal loveliness”
We wanted to challenge ourselves with a cost effective approach, that would allow people to be surprised with the magic of Christmas while giving the AV a light touch feel to the overall experience.