Blackrock Castle Observatory

Client: Cork Institute of Technology

Date: April 2016 – Nov 2016

This immersive exhibition is housed in the iconic Cork landmark, Blackrock Castle Observatory. It is an interactive experience taking the visitor through the heart of the castle along a route that tells the story of Cork’s defended landscape, its merchant trade and the smugglers and pirates that navigated one of the world’s deepest natural harbours

Design elements include exterior signage, harbour interpretation via a map table, river panoramic and an interactive touch table.

The themes and messages from Blackrock Castle’s hinterland were identified by Mark Leslie in a manner that would engage a diverse audience of all ages. Interpretation includes roof-top panoramic panels, ground-level map tables, interactive touch table and a full-sized working replica of a 17th century cannon in the set-dressed original gun chamber provides the ‘wow’ factor.

Services Provided

Interpretive planning

Exhibit design & specification

Graphic design

Interactive design

Project management


Mark Leslie

John Raftery

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