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Fleet Air Arm Museum

Welcome Gallery

Fleet Air Arm Museum Welcome Gallery

Welcome Gallery

Interactive Gesture Wall

Embedded Objects

Heads Up Display

Intro video

The Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1933 and was the flying arm of the Royal Navy, renowned for its heroic actions throughout the Second World War. The Museum has been around since the 1960’s and grew into an impressive collection, displaying the important heritage of British Naval aviation. Even the Concorde 002 prototype lives there!

Project Aims
The Welcome Gallery originally showcased some technical models, which were interesting to a certain genre of visitor, but didn’t introduce or ‘set the scene’ for the contents of the Museum.

Our aim was to widen the appeal and engage young children, adults, families and the senior audience alike. We wanted to deliver a multi-layered experience, an immersive, creative space with multi-sensory appeal, and we wanted the introductory experience and journey to be really engaging from the first moment, so visitors could get the most out of their museum visit.

What we did
Working closely as part of a team of museum interpretation specialists we designed a new Welcome Gallery that would set the scene for the museum content, plus orientate and excite people about what they can expect to find. We envisaged a cohesive space that would draw visitors from the entrance – and it needed to have a wow factor.

3D feature wall
We installed an innovative 3D Feature Wall with representative artefacts from key exhibits embedded in the wall as touchable 3D objects, to grab visitor’s attention and interest immediately. Artefacts included the wing of a plane, a box with a carrier pigeon, a fighter pilot’s helmet and medals amongst other interesting items to tease visitors of what was to come.

Animated heads-up display
Visitors were able to learn about 4 different key aircraft via an animated HUD (heads up display), using state of the art technology displayed on a transparent Perspex screen. A large-scale image of a jet landing on a carrier was included as part of the installation to bring to life the experience.

Graphic Wallpaper
Graphic wallpaper was developed which formed a sympathetic backdrop to the gallery’s different components. Video and use of original images and footage provided an overview of some of the stories to be discovered within the Museum.

Engaging younger audiences
An Education Panel with document holders housed adventure trails for children to follow and entertain them throughout the museum with fact-finding exercises.

Visitor journey
The start of the visitor’s journey through the museum was made clear and easy to comprehend with strategically placed wayfinding indicators and signage.

Interactive gesture wall
Visitors can now navigate their way through the museum and to certain exhibits using our multi-touch Gesture Wall. This large projected map identified the different areas of the museum and facilities, with interactive touch points revealing further information.

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovil

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovil

Fleet Air Arm Museum Wall Graphic

Wall graphics

RN Museum Interpretation

authentic artefacts


Educational Materials

Museum Projection

Projected Graphics

The overall creative delivery provided a step change in the way the museum engaged audiences, broadening its appeal through the way the content was presented.

Using new technology, a different level of interaction was achieved across various media including video, imagery, touchable 3D objects, touchscreens and multiple directional audio points, which provided sound in previously isolated areas. Plus the educational trails were a hit with the children, upgrading the overall experience to a true family day out.

What our client said

First of all, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you for our new Welcome Gallery. It looks great! Thank you so much for all your help, enthusiasm and creativity over the past year. The gallery has been a resounding success.

Susan Dearing, Curator of Exhibitions, Fleet Air Arm Museum

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