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Restored HMS M.33 Opens at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

7. August 2015

HMS M.33

The official opening of HMS M33 took place yesterday, with a day of events to mark the occasion. Part of the National Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the WWI Monitor class gunship has undergone a recent restoration, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Marking 100 years to the day since the ship went in to action, a minute’s silence was held to remember those who served in the Gallipoli campaign. A range of events commemorating the centenary and marking the opening including interpretative dance and drama performances.

Paul Kucharski (Director), Dan Lusby (Graphic Designer) and Alicia Emejulu (Producer) worked on the AV exhibits on the ship and attended the opening yesterday. Dan Lusby said, “It was a privilege to meet veterans and families yesterday who had a personal connection to ship. This is an amazing piece of history and hopefully the films we’ve produced will help to convey to visitors just what it was like to be on the M33 in action.”

You can see more photos of the opening day on our blog.

Professor Brian Cox Opens UK Parliamentary Education Centre

17. July 2015

UK Parliamentary Education Centre

Centre Screen were delighted to attend the opening of the UK Parliamentary Education Centre this week.  The centre was formally opened by Professor Brian Cox, who was enthusiastically welcomed by The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Working alongside Electrosonic, Centre Screen have created an inspiring and theatrical 360° immersive installation for the Education Centre. Telling the story of Parliament’s 800 year history to young people in an informative but totally engaging way was the challenge Dr Edge Watchorn, Head of Education set our team. Happily the response from the first school group to visit the centre was overwhelmingly positive.

In the Discovery space there are also virtual recreations of the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers which will allow school parties and students to enact parliamentary debates and witness recreations of key historical events connected to Parliament’s rich history.

The lively, humorous, ever evolving animation style employs a variety of visual techniques including composited  re-enactment sequences, 2.5D archive animations and immersive motion infographics. Aimed at students aged between 7 and 18 years, the experience provides an inspirational and educational experience that demonstrates that Parliament is evolving and relevant to them.

Professor Cox said after watching the experience…”it’s the best I have ever seen.”

UK Parliamentary Education Centre

London School of Economics Reveals New Milestones Wall

16. June 2015

London School of Economics - Milestones Wall

Centre Screen are pleased to have recently completed an exciting project for the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following the university’s recent acquisition of the Women’s Library, the oldest and most extensive collection of material on the subject of Women’s History in Europe, a new exhibition space was designed by Ralph Applebaum Associates (RAA). Centre Screen were employed to create the ‘Milestones Wall’, a dynamic, large-scale media wall which explores the overarching theme of the current exhibition through iconic images and layered archival media. The wall is driven by a Content Management System which the client can easily update to curate a series of new programmes, bespoke designed for each exhibition.

Lincoln Castle (finally) Revealed

9. June 2015

Lincoln Castle

Producer Laura Harris (3rd right) with Princess Anne in the Magna Carta Vault

Centre Screen are delighted to announce that the Lincoln Castle Revealed project has been given the Royal seal of approval and is open to the public.

We created two immersive films for the Magna Carta Vault: an impressive 210-degree wraparound screen in a full height cinematic auditorium, complete with 3D sound.

The main film, ‘Magna Carta: Challenging the Power of a King’, is a recreation of the story of King John, the barons, and the birth of the Great Charter which became one of the most celebrated documents in history and provided the foundations of liberty and freedom that we live by today.  Starring Jeff Stewart as King John, the film uses a mix of live action filmed in a stunning studio set, beautifully animated drawings taken from the important medieval manuscript: ‘Chronica Majora’ which was kindly provided by the British Library, and seamlessly animated transitions created by The Pond.

The second film: Magna Carta: Meaning and Myth, is a beautifully animated film taking a fresh look at the significance of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest documents throughout the ages since 1215.

Congratulations to the Lincolnshire County Council team and the designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates on the completion of this amazing Heritage Lottery Funded project.

Well worth its salt (!) – The Lion Salt Works opens to the public!

1. June 2015

The Lion Salt Works - Boiling Pan

We’re excited to announce Lion Salt Works in Northwich, Cheshire, opens to the public on Friday 5th June.  A real labour of love; the £10.23 million restoration of the former salt works site has seen it transform over 4 years into one of the finest industrial heritage attractions in the country.

As one of the last three remaining historic open-pan salt-making sites in the world, the site has also been awarded Scheduled Ancient Monument Status and now explores the history of salt-making in the area and encourages visitors to learn more about the fascinating process used to create this valuable substance.

Congratulations to the Cheshire West Council team and RFA Design on the successful completion of this great project.

Thanks for visiting South Leicestershire College

21. May 2015

Content Production - Student Visit

This week the production team hosted a talk with a group of media students from South Leicestershire College who were interested in finding out more about the variety of AV and multimedia work we produce at Centre Screen.  We hope the students gained an insight into the production processes and the wider world available within the Media Industry – remember, it’s not all about TV!

We wish everyone good luck with their exams and future careers!

Centre Screen shortlisted for Museum + Heritage Award

12. March 2015

Museum Heritage Award 2015

Centre Screen, on behalf of English Heritage with Haley Sharpe Design and Studio Liddell, has been shortlisted for the Innovations gong at the Museum + Heritage Awards, taking place on Wednesday 29 April at 8 Northumberland Avenue.

Produced for the multi-million pound Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre, ‘Standing in the Stones’ is an immersive 360° CGI experience, which wraps around the visitor to capture the ‘experience’ of actually standing within the ancient stone circle.  The aim was to transport visitors back to key moments in the development of the site, as well as evoke something of the unique atmosphere of this prehistoric monument at pivotal moments in the calendar year.

Robert Campbell, Head of Interpretation at English Heritage, explains how happy they were with the final film, “Centre Screen were conscious of our need to produce something visually stunning but also of the utmost historical accuracy. We are very happy with the final result which has got a great response from visitors, press and archaeological experts.”

Judged by a number of notable names from the museum and heritage industry, the panel includes Diana Owen (Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Maggie Appleton (CEO, Royal Air Force Museum) and Stephen Duncan (Director, Historic Scotland), amongst others.

Focusing on connecting people with objects or collections, a key criterion of the Innovations category is a demonstration of how technology has been effectively used to interpret objects and enrich the experience of visitors.  The latter is an important point when the panel decide who is shortlisted.

Dave Postlethwaite, Centre Screen Creative Director of the ‘Standing in the Stones’ experience said, “This is one of the worlds most iconic sites and it was an absolute privilege just to work on this project. To now be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a fantastic recognition of what was a true team effort. I am also really pleased to learn that the visitors to Stonehenge are experiencing a real connection to this ancient monument through our installation.”

A new soundscape for Strawberry Hill

10. March 2015

Strawberry Hill House

The award-winning restoration of Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa, Strawberry Hill, was unveiled to the public on 1 March 2015, with five of Horace Walpole’s private rooms on display for the first time since the 18th century.  As part of the re-opening, Centre Screen has had the pleasure of producing a soundscape evoking Horace Walpole’s first waking moments after awaking from a dream. Featuring a giant hand in armour and a picture frame that comes to life; Walpole’s famous dream inspired him to write the first Gothic Novel. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Walpole’s ‘little Castle’, as he himself described it, is now restored and re-opened to the public, bringing a sense of excited expectation back to Strawberry Hill.

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