Culloden Battlefield Memorial Visitor Centre

Inverness, Scotland

On Culloden Moor, scene of the last pitched battle in Britain, the visitor centre is on one of the most iconic sites in Scotland. Within a new building, by Gareth Hoskins Architects, RAA’s interpretive exhibition introduces visitors to the events leading to the Battle of Culloden and the personages involved.

The exhibition’s dual interpretation, reflecting both the government and the Jacobite sides of the battle, enables visitors to follow each story independently or in tandem. In the Night March, an intense audio programme, the visitor has a sense of the emotions felt and actions taken in an ambush; in the large-scale Immersion Theatre, 360-degree projections place visitors in the midst of the raging battle. At character stations, the people who took part are vividly portrayed through their own words. 

In addition to the exhibition design, RAA conceived the award-winning interpretive system known as the Battlefield Guide, a GPS-enabled handheld device which delivers map-based archaeological information and personal accounts to visitors as they walk the historic field.

RAA also designed the NTS’s battlefield wayfinding, branding, and logo, the exhibition-related guidebook, and accompanying leaflets produced in eight languages.

Year:
2007
Client:
National Trust for Scotland
Architect:

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Size:

2,400 square meters (total building)

2,000 square meters of exhibition space

Awards:
  • Museums + Heritage Awards, Use of Technology Award

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