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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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Today is the official opening of the new visitors centre at Killarney National Park. 
Marcon has been completed the manufacture and installation of a new permanent exhibition at the ‘gateway’ Visitor Information Centre.

The house, once the home of the Kenmare family and more recently that of the wealthy Irish-American McShain family, is a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Killarney. The house is located at the Golden Gates entrance to the National Park and contains an 18 room interpretative exhibition, management offices and furnished period rooms.

Along with the restoration of the house, a 35 acre ornamental garden has undergone an extensive programme to return it to its former glory.

Interpretive designers Bright were commissioned to produce the interpretation, exhibition, tour, and audio visual content for the Visitors Centre and Exhibition Rooms. Marcon worked closely with Bright and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Marcon was responsible for the entire exhibition fit-out. This involved the installation and manufacture of the extensive specialist joinery setworks throughout the 18 room exhibition, which included specialist metal work and solid surface items.

Marcon’s heritage team also coordinated all of the AV hardware installation which had to be integrated into the setworks along with the installation of all of the specialist graphics within the exhibition. The fit-out also included the management of specialist paint and decorative finishes throughout the period building.
Marcon has been appointed to fit-out the new ‘Dippy on Tour’ exhibition at @UlsterMuseum for National Museums NI. 
The iconic Diplodocus skeleton from @NHM_London is on a road trip across the UK.

The free exhibition opens 28th Sept. (l-r) Andrew McDowell, Audience Development & Engagement Manager for National Museums NI and Martin McErlean, Heritage Contracts Manager, Marcon.

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HRH Prince Charles was visiting our latest exhibition fit-out at The Sill in Northumberland today to officially open the first dedicated National Landscape Discovery Centre in the UK. @NlandNP @DesignbyBright #heritage #exhibition #fitout #thesill
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!