Australian War Memorial First World War Galleries Redevelopment | AWM tablets

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Since early 2014 the team at Holly Sydney has been hard at work on the Australian War Memorial First World War Galleries multimedia redevelopment. The complete gallery redesign includes never before seen items, new showcases, interactive experiences and revitalized dioramas to create what is being called one of the most significant First World War exhibitions in the world.

Holly Sydney produced the Digital Interactive & Multimedia suite of over one hundred pieces of multilingual digital museum signage as well as conceptualising and developing cutting edge interactive experiences. The results of our work speak for themselves and form a phenomenal experience which brings visitors closer than ever before to the dedicated soldiers, their individual stories, and unique personal ephemera from the Great War. Our digital museum labels have been a great success that we have continued to develop over the last few years.

Each showcase features a unique interactive touchscreen tablet running customised software. These displays allow visitors to get more information and a detailed look at the delicate, now over a century old, items behind the glass. In addition to the many new exhibits in the gallery is the Anzac from Above. Holly Sydney has brought together First World War aerial surveillance photography and overlaid it onto 3D terrain. This massive multi-touchscreen experience that maps the landscape of Gallipoli as it was one hundred years ago. Visitors can now explore and interact with the landscape, key points of interest, and important battle sites thanks to century old surveillance images merged with cutting edge technology.

The gallery redevelopment was a collaborative project for the Australian War Memorial. The whole team at Holly would like to extend a massive thank you to all our fellow collaborators – Here is the full credit list.

Holly Sydney
Role: Co-Executive Producer AV design and Production
Concept design: Snow & Zina Kaye
Additional concept design: Kate Richards, Danielle Wiessner
Executive producer: Zina Kaye
Creative director: Snow
Technical director: Snow
Technical Lead: Remon Masoad
Senior Producer: Danielle Wiessner
Senior Designer: Rob St. Clair
Additional Design: Elisa Lee, Steph Boniolo
Interactive Developer: Lukasz Karluk
Interactive Developer: Daniel Rosser
Interactive Developer: Dave Towey
Interactive Developer: Adam Hinshaw
Front End Developer: Josh Lloyd
Usability Testing: Lisa Herrod for Inclusive UX

Wider Multimedia Team

Luscious International
Role: Executive Producer AV design and Production

Role: Specialist Audio Services

Wider Redevelopment Team

Australian War Memorial

Cunningham Martyn Design
Role: Exhibition design

Benjamin Cistern Design Role:
Lightning design 

Beattie Vass Design 
Role: Graphic design 

Role: Object Installation and Mount Fabrication

Root Projects
Role: Project Management

Mental Media
Role: Multimedia Technical Specification, Interactive audio tour

Interactive Controls
Role: Multimedia System Control and Planning

Role: Principal Construction Contractor

Rutledge AV
Role: Multimedia hardware implementation
Computer Hardware: 

Role: Exhibition Fitout, Showcase Installation and Showcase Furniture fabrication

Arlo Mountford
Role: Diorama Digital Backgrounds and Sound design 

Special Thanks
Digital Terrain Airbus Geo Australia

"Using the technologies and the creative thinking of Holly is forcing us to actually look at that story in a new and exciting way, to make the story of the First World War accessible to all Australians." Aaron Pegram Senior Historian, Australian War Memorial

Digital graphic signage Australian War Memorial