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King Richard III Visitor Centre tipped for heritage success

26. February 2015

King Richard iii Visitor Centre

It has been over 2 years since King Richard III was discovered under a car park in Leicester and the council purchased the site to build the Visitor Centre, which opened in July 2014.

The site has already received considerable worldwide recognition and acclaim, including from the well-known and prestigious travel guide company Lonely Planet, who recently listed the centre as one of the ‘world’s hottest new experiences for 2015″. The Visitor Centre is now in the running for yet another highly prestigious title as the UK’s most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the past 12 months.

The Museum + Heritage Awards, in association with the Guardian, have shortlisted the King Richard III Visitor Centre for public vote, alongside four other attractions:

Centre Screen produced all the AV and interactive digital media for the King Richard III Visitor Centre, which takes visitors on a journey through Richard III’s life. Digital media is a huge part of the Visitor Centre’s appeal and you can read more about the work we did on our project page here.

Digital media is a huge part of the Visitor Centre’s appeal with video interviews from the archeological team, played through touchscreen panels, talking through the discovery of Richard’s remains in 2012.  And scientific-based educational games examining the methods used to identify the King under the car park through DNA and carbon dating.

Centre Screen’s Producer, Laura Harris, was excited to be part of this historical project, “The Leicester City Council team and exhibition designers Studio MB really brought to life the much debated story of Richard’s rule and the fascinating discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park.”

“It was a pleasure for us to work alongside the team to create thought-provoking and engaging AV exhibits and we are sure that the centre will continue to capture the imagination of visitors from around the world.”

The Olympic Games: Behind the Screen preview event

2. February 2015

Olympic Games Behind the Screen Preview

We are excited to announce our CEO, Dave Postlethwaite and Creative Director, Paul Kucharski, will take part in The Olympic Games: Behind the Screen preview event at The Olympic Museum between 16 – 17 February in Lausanne.

The two-day event will present the IOC audiovisual collection and a century of Olympic films – a unique piece of history – and the IOC restoration and digitalisation programme.  The audience will be taken behind the screen to explore the new technology used in the cause of sporting excellence and delves into the magic world of Games broadcasting.

There will be a preview of extracts from the Sochi Official Film and the opening of the Museum’s new exhibition The Olympic Games: Behind the Screen.  Paul will also be giving a guided tour of the museum’s permanent exhibition along with a presentation of the archives and films on display.

We look forward to sharing more information and images from the event with all technology, film and sports fans over the next couple of weeks.

Ulster Museum open their new Modern History Gallery

26. November 2014

Ulster Museum

Today saw the opening of the new Modern History gallery at Ulster Museum, Belfast, for which Centre Screen created a multi-user touch table. Exploring 500 years of Irish History, the project represented a large investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to demonstrate Ireland’s shared history through themed connections.

The clear and modern design of exhibition designers Sudlow Design and Simon Leach Design was incorporated in to the multi-user table which provides visitors with 6 thematic explorations of the objects displayed throughout the gallery. The content was carefully selected by the client team to provide a fascinating insight in to the significance of the objects through text, high resolution images and video clips. The table offers multi-layered interpretation, whilst the dynamic interaction and structure of the software ensures content is not overwhelming and encourages visitors to engage with the stories at their own pace.

Attending the preview opening of the gallery last night, Centre Screen project Producer Laura Harris said, ‘It is clear how hard the client team and Sudlow Design have worked on this project- the transformation of the gallery is a stunning achievement. The touch table is a very successful addition to the gallery- it’s a great way to engage several people at once with the multimedia content, but doesn’t take the focus away from the real stars of the show- that is the objects themselves. I’m sure the gallery will be a success for the museum for a long time to come.’

Armistice Day

11. November 2014

On this Day in 1918 Germany signed a World War One armistice with allies #LestWeForget

In commemoration of all those who gave their lives in The Great War and in all conflicts since, we are proud to wear a poppy on our logo and have made a donation to The Royal British Legion.

Centre Screen Armistice Day

Richard III Visitor Centre Wins Prestigious New Tourism Award

5. November 2014

Richard iii Visitor Centre

This week the King Richard III Visitor Centre won the ‘Outstanding New Tourism Project 2014’ at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards Dinner in London.

The award is given for the best new (less than 3 years old) UK tourism project.  The visitor centre opened this summer and tells the story of Kind Richard III’s Dynasty, Death and Discovery from under a Leicester car park in 2012.

On winning the award, Sarah Levitt from Leicester City Council said, “We are absolutely delighted to hear this news, which is all credit to our inspired creative team.”

Centre Screen worked alongside designers Studio MB to create a dynamic multi-media centre that takes local residents and tourists on a journey through Richard III’s life using immersive renactment films and a series of engaging interactive touchscreens.  Scientific-based educational games examine the methods used to identify Richard through his DNA and carbon dating, whilst other exhibits examine his character and the way he has been portrayed through history.

Centre Screen’s Producer, Laura Harris, was delighted with the recognition of the team’s hard work: “The Leicester City Council team and exhibition designers Studio MB really brought to life the much debated story of Richard’s rule and the fascinating discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park.”

“It was a pleasure for us to work alongside the team to create thought-provoking and engaging AV exhibits and we are sure that the centre will continue to capture the imagination of visitors from around the world.”

We would like to congratulate everyone who worked on the project and the staff of the visitor’s centre and wish them continued success in the future.

Voting for us at the Talk of Manchester Business Awards

29. October 2014

Talk of Manchester- Business Awards

We are delighted to have been nominated for ‘Best Video Production Company’ at The Talk of Manchester Business Awards 2013 (#theTOMs).  Manchester has been our home for nearly 30 years and we would be honoured to be named as the Best Video Production Company of 2014.

It’s been a busy 12 months for Centre Screen, we had the privilege of working with some incredible clients from across the world, including Stonehenge Exhibition & Visitor Centre, The Olympic Museum in Switzerland, King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester and The British Museum in London, just to name a few!  You can find out more via our projects page.

To vote for Centre Screen please go to http://www.thetalkofmanchester.co.uk/awards before 5pm on Friday 31st October 2014.

The Olympic Museum win International Award for ‘Inside the Race’ and ‘Opening Ceremonies’

22. September 2014

The Olympic Museum Win International Award

Congratulations to The Olympic Museum for their Grand Prix Avicom 2014 award win on Saturday 20th September.

The award ceremony took place in Moscow at the Tretyakov State Gallery and the special award was presented to Paul Kucharski, Creative Director of Centre Screen (left in the above image) and David Parietti, Head of International Projects for the Olympic Museum (right in the above image), by the organisation’s President Tari Janos.

The International Audiovisual Festival on Museums and Heritage (FIAMP) is designed to promote the achievements of museums using new image and sound technologies.  The awards are selected by a panel of experts and the Grand Prix AVICOM, previously known as the Claude-Nicole Hocquard Award, is the most prestigious award at the event, which is given to the best museographic depiction of collections.

On winning the award, Paul Kucharski said, “For Centre Screen it is a privilege to have worked on developing the new The Olympic Museum and continue to work with museum team.  We were extremely honoured to share the stage with the Museum when this prestigious award was presented at the FIAMP ceremony and we are really pleased to be the company to help make this award possible for the museum.”

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