National Museum of Scotland

Complex installation of ‘Scotland, a changing nation’ exhibition within a listed building in a city centre location.

Working closely with the interpretive designers and museum staff, we undertook a complex programme of works to firstly enable and ultimately install this exhibition displaying 20th century Scottish life under five major themes; modern life: war, industry, daily life, emigration and politics.

The first phase of works required us to completely strip, sand and re-seal all the existing hardwood flooring such that the exacting preservation and aesthetic specifications could be met by the designated area. Our in-house deign development teams then worked with the designers to ensure that the manufacturing specifications and quality standards required by the custom furniture, display cases, and interactive displays were met and subsequently manufactured.

Finally, and most critically, the installation of these units into the 6th Floor of the museum on predetermined locations with reference to lighting and services was coordinated in conjunction with the museum curators and staff to ensure that the minimum of disruption to access was incurred during the course of the programme.

Client: National Museums Scotland
Architect: Hayley Sharpe Design
Value: £350k