Winchester Science Centre’s £1.1M redevelopment

HKD has been awarded the design contract to masterplan the redevelopment of Winchester Science Centre and is designing the first phase of interpretative design, along with build contractors TMP. Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, an independent educational charity on a mission to excite children in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is set to relaunch its visitor experience in July 2020, having successfully secured full funding for a £1.1m redevelopment plan Inspiring Science for All. “We share the Science Centre’s ambition to create inclusive experiences.” said Kate Kneale, Director of HKD. “We bring a creative multi-disciplinary team to the project, with vast experience in delivering major exhibitions and interactive experiences. We were excited by the challenge set by the Science Centre, to create an accessible, multi-sensory exhibition and experience that would delight its visitors and spark their curiosity in STEM. Our design is as much about visitor wellbeing as it is about their interaction and learning experience.” Ben Ward says the initial concept designs presented by HKD delivered on ‘wow’ and pushed the boundaries of the project in a really exciting and unexpected way. “We had identified the areas for development but HKD responded with the total reordering and design of the upper floor and we loved it. The repositioning of the Invention Studio to the far corner of the building has created a seamless link to the outside, and all the exciting possibilities this brings. They’ve introduced a central live science demo area which can be viewed from both the upper and lower level, adding drama and surprise to every visit. This isn’t a new exhibition, it’s a relaunch of our Science Centre!”

Royal College of Arts Students exhibition

Last week, Royal College of Arts students, from multiple disciplines, returned to Margate to present their interactive exhibition ‘UNEARTH THE UNREAL: What You See is Not What You Get’ following a workshop session with us at our home, Marine Studios. Huge congratulations to all the students who presented a wide range of interpretations, all thought provoking, some beautiful, some funny. Using mechanical, digital, sensory techniques to demonstrate a number of ideas and narratives, we we very excited by what they all do next. Keep up the good work  Teams Apple, Raspberry, Lemon and Grape!

Royal College of Arts Students workshop #1

Last week, Royal College of Arts students, from multiple disciplines, visited Margate to present and test their ideas for an elective, culminating in an interactive exhibition called ‘What You See is Not What You Get’ that will take place on Thurs 28 November at Marine Studios. The RCA elective combines practice and theory investigating what links human physical and mental perceptions, and how ways of seeing leave us susceptible to illusions. An empirical journey into self-understanding and into audience. Students tested their ideas to date, to tutor Dr Carol MacGillivray and HKD director Kate Kneale. We look forward to seeing the end results soon at the exhibition UNEARTH THE UNREAL.  Thursday 28.11.19, 6-8pm

God’s House Tower, Southampton opening!

We’re very excited to be the exhibit designers for the major refurbishment project of one of Southampton’s most important buildings – God’s House Tower. The historic gateway into Old Southampton is open once again. Telling the stories of this extraordinary site through a mixture of interactive exhibit design and artist responses, there are some beautiful, fascinating and challenging moments in the tower as you progress through four floors. See our project page for more info.  

A decade young by the sea & Adventures in Comics

HKD celebrated their 10th birthday in their seaside home – Marine Studios the other week with a supply of cakes that put the Great British Bake Off Final to shame. Thanks to all the contributions – not only to the cake, but the Studio’s 6th iteration of the Adventures in Comics competition that explored the theme ‘Two Halves’. Great to see many faces from the past decade as we look forward to the next!  

Adventures in Comics 6 – Call for Submissions

We are delighted to announce that Adventures in Comics returns this year, as part of Marine Studios’ tenth anniversary celebrations. We are inviting submissions from comic creators worldwide, for the theme ‘The Two Halves’. We’ll be showcasing all the submissions in an exhibition here in Margate, launching on 1 November at our tenth birthday party. An expert judging panel will choose a selection of entries for publication. The Rules: The comic must be an original story based on the title ‘The Two Halves’ The comic must fit onto two pages of A4 paper – landscape or portrait. The comic must be submitted in PDF format to info@marinestudios.co.uk by Monday 30 September 2019. Entry is free to all. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can see previous submissions on the Adventures in Comics website. And don’t forget you can also check out the British Museum Manga exhibition and the newly opened Cartoon Museum.  

Tippoo or not Tippoo? V&A Friday Late

Last Friday, we set up a bespoke game for the V&A Friday Late,  with our GEEK hats on, called 'Tippoo or not Tippoo?' reflecting on their extraordinary collections. Visitors donned their respective object tabards and leapt on the board to discover unbelievable truths.  With nearly 5000 people attending the 'All to Play For' Late, we were kept very busy!  Thanks to the V&A for having us and everyone that came to play.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

It was a real treat to visit the appropriately named ‘Shenzhen Stock Exchange Financial Museum’ that we’ve been working on this year at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which lives inside the OMA designed building. There are 200m2 of galleries taking you through the history of stock exchanges: Dutch and British East India companies, right up to date with China’s more recent Shanghai then Shenzhen. Well done team!

The Wilson – WOW! Gallery

We were delighted to visit the WOW! (World of Wonders) gallery since it opened earlier this year. It was great to catch up with The Wilson team and hear about all the positive interaction from under 5s and beyond. WOW! was a particularly exciting gallery for us to work on.  Over twenty years experience allowed for our ideas to do with learning, play, games within a museum setting to come to a head with The Wilson curatorial team bravely agreeing with our suggestions to get rid of labels and allowing for many of the objects to form part of a new handling collection. More information on this project will follow.

Trip to Hirstmonceaux Observatory

Last month the team embarked upon a fantastic day of science-ing at the Observatory Science Centre in Hirstmonceux, East Sussex. Opening in 1958 after the decision to move from Greenwich in 1939 was on hold for for the war, it was in operation until 1990 before being taken over by the brilliant Science Projects who have opened it up as a science centre. Architect Brian O’Rorke’s 1950s building is now grade II listed and has some wonderful features, but seems surprisingly impractical for a, what needed to be, pitch- black night-time operation: multiple levels, no railings and a treacherous pond right in the middle of the site. Apparently numerous night observers (as they were called) ended up in there! We saw the Thompson and Yapp telescopes, refracting and reflecting respectively. Did lots of playing and learning via brilliant interactive exhibits including how horses see, how the Archimedes screw works, tornados and spectrums… The centre is highly recommended. Huge thank you to Steve Pizzey, Jo and Collin for looking after us. @observatory_sci .

Geneva Ecsite 2018

We ran a very productive gamelab at Geneva’s Ecsite earlier this summer with fellow professionals enjoying playing our gravitational waves interactive that was designed and installed at the Hong Kong Space Museum. Director Kate Kneale also found time to give a talk on ‘Serious Games’ in the extremely large lecture hall.  Already cogitating for next year in Copenhagen…

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