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Marcon Heritage is a specialist fit-out contractor, delivering high quality museum, visitor attraction and exhibition projects in the UK & Ireland.

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Marcon has been awarded the fit-out of the new Biggin Hill Memorial Museum in London. 
The museum will tell the history of Britain's most famous fighter station, in particular its role during the Second World War.

The project will also provide a sustainable future for the Grade II listed St. George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance.

Working with leading interpretive designers Redman Design, London Borough of Bromley and the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum team, Marcon will fit-out the museum creating a brand new visitor attraction at Biggin Hill.  The museum's focus will be on storytelling and using appropriate media, objects and resources to bring the content to life.  The experience will be supported with archival photography, film footage and sound with some specially commissioned films.

The procurement and management of all the elements of the project; showcases, audio visual hardware, graphics and interactive exhibits will be the sole responsibility of Marcon. What sets the company apart is its in-house specialist joinery workshop which will manufacture the feature setworks, furniture and solid surface items within the new museum.
Marcon has handed over its latest heritage project - the newly restored Tropical Ravine in Belfast. The unique building, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, nestles in the heart of Botanic Gardens and is home to many tropical and native plants. 
The ravine has now been restored to its former glory, with a modern 21st century twist which will see it become one of Belfast’s most popular visitor attractions. The listed building, which dates back to 1887, has had many of its original Victorian features reinstated and preserved. 
Working closely with Belfast City Council and interpretive designers Houghton Kneale Design, Marcon’s heritage team added the finishing touches to the £3.8million restoration project. 
Marcon was responsible for the interpretive fit-out within the building consisting of the manufacture and installation of specialist setworks, manufactured from powder coated metalwork and treated timber graphic panels. Marcon also integrated the audio visual hardware and software into the physical and digital interactives within the building and have incorporated graphic panels within the external plinths and specialist stonework.
The recently opened Whitehead Railway Museum has received a major boost by landing a top honour in a UK-wide competition. The museum was recognised at the annual awards ceremony of the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) which took place in Birmingham.  Whitehead Railway Museum was judged to be tied with the Swanage Railway in Dorset in first place and so the judges decided to award two Manisty Awards on this occasion. The £4m Whitehead museum was officially opened in October 2017 and provides a showcase for the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s collection of locomotives and carriages.

Marcon was responsible for fitting out the new museum including the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery, display cases, integration of audio visual hardware, interactives and installation of graphics within the new space.

The museum is wrapped around the existing engineering workshops at Whitehead, which means visitors can observe restoration work in progress on locomotives and coaches. Lord Faulkner of Worcester, president of HRA, said: “This is recognition of the contribution made by RPSI and Whitehead Railway Museum to railway heritage in Ireland and a tribute to all those volunteers who have made such a contribution over many years.” Canon John McKegney, the RPSI chairman, who was presented with the award, said they were delighted that the museum had received such a prestigious accolade. He said: “We are thrilled to have received a cherished Manisty Award and look forward to showing it off back at Whitehead. It is always particularly rewarding to receive recognition from a peer group. “Our museum gives us a chance to reflect the social history of railways, tell how Whitehead developed as a railway town and most important of all, show off some of our heritage locomotives and carriages which would otherwise be languishing at the back of one of our sheds. “We are already attracting enthusiasts from across Britain and Ireland and this award will put us ever more firmly on the map.” He added: “Whitehead is in a prime location on the Causeway Coastal Route and we are close to another leading attraction, the Gobbins Cliff Path.”
Whitehead Railway Museum has been officially opened at a ceremony on 25th October. Marcon Heritage completed the fit-out works at the new Museum and Interpretive Centre for the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland over a 6 week period.

The new visitor centre cost £3m and has transformed the RPSI's base into a modern tourist attraction.

Marcon was responsible for the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery, display cases, integration of audio visual hardware, interactives and installation of graphics within the new museum space.

Working closely with leading interpretive designers GBDM, Marcon turned the carriage workshop and locomotive sheds into a fully functioning, living museum.
Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy was named best visitor centre by the Association for Heritage Interpretation.  The AHI Awards recognise excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation across Britain and Ireland.

The new exhibition area is a fully immersive experience detailing the life of Seamus Heaney through the years.  The new space consists of audio visual touch screens, interactives, graphics and key artefacts belonging to the famous poet which are on display within stunning showcases.

Marcon completed the fit-out of the exhibition space  which was designed by Tandem.

Our heritage team utilised the specialist skills and expertise of our joinery workshop to create bespoke elements for the new visitor centre for Mid Ulster District Council.

Dr. Bill Bevan, Chair of the AHI commented that the judges were "impressed by themed spaces, activity room & connecting man, place & poetry." Congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful project - a worthy winner of this prestigious award!
Marcon Heritage has been appointed by East Ayrshire Council to carry out the interpretive fit-out works at the Visitor Centre and Rural Life Centre at Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock. 
Marcon will put the finishing touches to the redevelopment project which will deliver enhanced facilities for visitors to the park.
This summer Marcon will work with interpretive designers Tandem to modernise the United States Rangers Museum at Boneybefore, Carrickfergus.

The unique facility first opened in 1994 following a 50th anniversary event when visiting US Rangers veterans generously gave their photographs and memorabilia to create a permanent exhibition.

The museum is dedicated to the men who joined the first battalions of the elite American Army unit, formed at Sunnylands Camp in Carrickfergus in June 1942.

Marcon will be responsible for the manufacture and installation of specialist joinery, plinths, fitted furniture, graphics, touch screen interactives and display cases that will house the many artefacts from the museum.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE said: “When complete, the facility will boast a new, visually striking set of displays that will include previously unseen artefacts, photographs and extensive film footage.  The updated museum will offer a high quality visitor experience which aims to be a fitting tribute to the men who volunteered their services to the elite fighting force the US Rangers.” The US Rangers – which is part of the US Special Forces today – was set up as a ‘Commando style’ unit drawn solely from volunteers and was nicknamed ‘Darby’s Rangers’ after their dynamic leader Lieutenant Colonel William Darby.

They trained in extreme conditions and went on to fight in some of the deadliest battles in Europe and became one of World War II’s most courageous and decorated units. It remains the only US military unit ever founded on foreign soil.
Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum was presented with the Conservation Award at the Irish Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017. 
The 13th century St Mary’s Church is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland and has been converted into a modern museum. 
Marcon was responsible for the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery and corian plinths, graphics, conservation grade display cases and the coordination of all audio visual hardware.  Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the new museum.

Working closely with leading Edinburgh-based interpretive designers Bright, Marcon completed the intricate scheme which complements the architecture and blends traditional and contemporary features within St Mary’s Church.
The new exhibition that have we fitted out that charts the cultural, commercial, political and sporting history of Belfast is now open at Belfast City Hall.  Well worth a visit!
Marcon has been appointed to carry out the fit-out of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland.  Due to open this summer, The Sill is an architecturally stunning building that will transform how people of all ages understand and explore landscapes, history, culture and heritage.

Situated in the Hadrian’s Wall area of Northumberland National Park, the £14.8 million visitor centre and youth hostel is the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park, YHA and supported by National Lottery players through a £7.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Sill promises to be a visitor attraction like no other, it is designed to enable the landscapes of Northumberland National Park and surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be opened up to even more people, including children, families, older people, disabled people and those who are less confident exploring natural places. The eagerly awaited centre is considered to be one of the UK’s most significant museum projects of 2017.

A key part of the experience at The Sill will be the exhibition and interpretation areas to educate and engage audiences in a conversation about our shared landscapes.  Edinburgh based interpretive designers Bright have employed Marcon to help turn the vision for the centre into reality.

Marcon will fit-out a series of designated spaces within the building namely the welcome lobby, visitor information, temporary exhibition and the main interpretive exhibition.  Each of these spaces hosts a range of audio visual displays, graphics and interactive programmes.
Wonderful to see that one of our projects has been shortlisted in @ribasoutheast #RIBAawards 2017.  The stunning restoration of @hastingspierofficial by @dRMMArchitects would be a worthy winner.  It was our pleasure to work closely with the team from @hastingspierofficial and @designmap_uk.  #architecture #interiors #craftsmanship #heritage © Alex de Rijke
Happy #stpatricksday - this is one of our museum projects in Downpatrick. The new gallery at Down County Museum tells how St Patrick first raised the cross in Ireland.