Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle

National Trust for Scotland

We were appointed by the National Trust for Scotland to create a new interactive visitor experience at Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran. Set within the historic castle, new interpretation tells the story of the glamourous Hamilton family at their former hunting palace and pleasure ground. Our work included historical research, copywriting, exhibition space planning, 3D design, graphic design and the design of hands-on interactives.

The interpretation takes visitors on a journey following the fame and fortunes of one of Britian’s wealthiest families, uncovering the secrets and scandals which lie within the Castle. Each room focuses on a different theme and brings the family’s story to life by combining AV, hands-on interactives, discovery drawers and tactile materials. From the tantalising Beckford room, filled with exquisite objects collected by art patron William Beckford, to the servants’ kitchen, visitors are able to get closer than ever before to the hidden lives of the Hamilton family. A specially created rhyming trail has been designed to lead children and families around the Castle as they try to discover where the silver dodo is hiding.

This curved freestanding lectern delivers key stories, responds to the space and protects the valuable dining table in the Old Library.

This curved freestanding lectern delivers key stories, responds to the space and protects the valuable dining table in the Old Library.

A simple interactive block model explores the complex story of the development of Brodick Castle over several generations.

Freestanding panels explore the stories of different family members.

We introduced an arched form to signal the threshold at the beginning of the visitor route, framing the large-scale family tree introducing the key characters.

A hands-on interactive zoetrope explores the story of the 12th Duke and his love of horse-racing.

A hands-on interactive zoetrope explores the story of the 12th Duke and his love of horse-racing.

The dodo, dating from the 1870s, hides within the Castle.

We created an interactive dodo trail to lead children and families around the castle in search of Brodick’s silver dodo.

We undertook detailed research to dress the Victorian kitchen with traditional dishes and ingredients which were once prepared at the Castle.

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