“Huge thanks for pulling the stops out and getting us to opening day. We really appreciate it and the galleries look stunning.” 

Sharon Granville,  Executive Director – Museum of Liverpool

Client : Liverpool Museums

Activation were invited to create and install bespoke objects displays for the prodigious £72million project - the largest newly built national Museum in the UK for more than a century. The Museum tells the story of the city and its people, with a huge collection of historic artefacts from Bronze Age pottery to significant pop culture items such as the Beatles iconic early stage suits. Since its opening it has won many awards and continues to feature in the UK’s most visited lists.

Project : The Olympic Museum

Client : Paragon Creative

Activation were approached to become part of the team that created the stunning object displays at the newly refurbished Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Working closely with the project coordinators we engineered and installed object mounts for a huge array of open display Winter and Summer Olympic items. These included everything from autographed skis, skates and sports suits such as Torvel and Dean’s Bolero outfits to Chris Boardmans’ 1992 Olympic track bike. We are particularly proud of the sublime collection of Olympic torches displayed.

Project : Folkestone Museum

Client : Folkestone Town Council

Folkestone Museum is a newly housed HLF funded museum. It interprets the story of Folkestone and traces its history throughout the ages.  Activation were chosen to manufacture and install the mounts for the diverse collection of socially important artefacts and archaeological specimens . Our remit  covered everything from bespoke mannequins, brackets for a large open display stone plaque and a widescale wall of fossils.

Client : Elmwood Projects

The new 7.7million museum is a discovery centre for the history and the origins of coins and their manufacture. Activation Ltd manufactured every bespoke coin and medal mount and installed numerous precious and unique objects within a demanding timescale. The finished displays have been extremely well received by all.

Project : Norton Priory

Client : Elmwood Projects

As the most excavated monastic site in Europe, Norton Priory and Gardens was a privilege for Activation’s team to be involved with. Supports were created for a diverse range of archaeological objects throughout the exhibition spaces under challenging circumstances.  In its first month the newly built award winning museum doubled it’s visitor numbers who enjoyed its 900 years of history.

Client : NFM

Our collaboration with the National Football Museum in Manchester started when Activation were asked to install the object displays for its new exhibitions. It has over 2,500 display exhibits of football ephemera which includes a replica of the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy presented to the England team in 1966.  Since its grand opening, we are regularly asked back to provide bespoke object supports and install displays for the museum’s changing display spaces.

Project : Wilberforce House

Client : Hull City Council

Wilberforce House is the birthplace of  the MP William Wilberforce (1759–1833) and, as a museum, showcases the life and work of one of Hull's most famous sons. Working closely with the project team, Activation assisted with the design of the case layouts and installed the object collection. Special consideration was needed due to the sensitive nature of the collections. We ensured that the showcase displays were completed in time for the 200th anniversary of Wilberforce's Act of Parliament abolishing the slave trade.

Project : Dover Castle

Client : English Heritage

English Heritage approached us to help engineer discrete solutions to secure a large number of replica items produced for their new immersive Medieval Experience, housed within the Great Tower at Dover Castle.  Items such as replica swords and helmets in the armoury, food products such as bread rolls, meat and fruit in the kitchen and a board game in the King’s Bedroom. All provided individual challenges. Due to its continued success we now visit the impressive castle annually to install items.

…and much much more!

Due to our all-encompassing design background, clients have requested our involvement with everything from low tech interactive galleries to full gallery design. We’ve also produced a number of key graphic design packages for varied clients, ranging from corporate brochures for agencies, to local newspapers and large format graphics for museums and exhibitions. We find clients appreciate our pressure relieving “turn-key” approach and we’ve  loved working on a variety of specialist projects.

“Activation listened to our needs and created  

a graphic package that was innovative, flexible and had maximum visual impact. This was all achieved within an extremely tight deadline. We have continued to work regularly with Activation ever since” 

Shaun Horton, Hessle Road Network

Activation Ltd 


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