Team effort completes Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh’s Museum of Scotland officially opens its doors on Monday, St Andrew’s Night, with input from a number of groups.

The museum comprises five chronologically organised spaces housing more than 10 000 objects on Scotland’s history. The building, which features references to castle architecture, was by architect Benson & Forsyth. “The interior will convey to visitors a great feeling of light and space,” says a museum spokesman.

The first gallery space, Beginnings, has exhibition design by TPS Dangerfield, graphics by The Drawing Room and lighting by Kevan Shaw Lighting Design.

Lee Boyd Partnership with NMS Design Office handled exhibition design for Early People, while Lighting Design Partnership created the lighting. Graphics were by Millhouse Design.

Scotland in History’s exhibition design was by Benson & Forsyth and NMS Exhibitions Office, with Kevan Shaw Lighting Design and Millhouse Design.

The Discovery Centre’s design was by Redman Associates, and the installation by Elmwood.

Association of Ideas created the 3D elements and Graven Images designed the graphics for the 20th Century gallery, with both groups working on early concepts. Unusually, the space shows objects chosen by 500 Scots who were invited to nominate something which captures the spirit of the century for them.

The signage system was by Derek Hodgson Associates with Graham Scott and Elizabeth Burney Jones. The House designed the museum’s brochure.

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