Located in the East Wing of the historic building the visitor-led exhibition, which will open in spring 2017, will become a major visitor attraction for both local people and tourists.
The exhibition will be spread over 18 rooms and will display the council’s memorabilia collection and narrate the historical interpretation of the city in an engaging way. Great care has been taken to ensure that the new space is in keeping with the integrity of the building’s design, history and architecture.
Marcon will work closely with local interpretive designers Redhead Exhibitions who have been working with Belfast City Council to bring their vision to reality. The design will allow visitors to interact with the rich cultural heritage of Belfast and facilitate the effective and efficient flow of people throughout the space which includes the new exhibition, the official guided tour, the stained glass window collection and the memorial grounds.
The heritage team at Marcon will be responsible for the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery and fitted furniture, feature display cases to house memorabilia and artefacts, luxury woven carpets, exhibition graphics, illuminated signage and the coordination of audio visual hardware within the new space. The contract also includes the fitting out of a new café.
Sarah Lyons, Director, Redhead said: “This is an exciting new development for City Centre tourism and one that encourages increased access to City Hall for local people. We are delighted to be playing such a key role in the project and to provide the plans, layouts and designs that Marcon will now manufacture to.”
Marcon has completed a number of high profile museum and exhibition projects across the UK and Ireland. Projects such as the new Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford, Cromford Mills in Derbyshire and “Europe’s leading visitor attraction” – Titanic Belfast ®.