Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
The main gallery at the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum has been enhanced with a re-design by the team at Unusualexpo. Our aim is always to help create impact and memories for visitors at any museum. We have worked through the entire gallery with the museum team to bring subjects as important as the Battle of Britain, The Dowding System and The Blitz to life. This includes a new Air Raid Experience including a genuine WWII Anderson shelter dug into a mock residential garden complete with effects and an immersive video.
The Old Royal Naval College
The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich asked Unusual to create an immersive experience within their disused old lecture theatre for the Blood and Battle Exhibition about William Beatty, Nelson’s surgeon at Trafalgar. “An ingenious use of this space.” confirmed Matthew Mees their Chief Executive. Design, Build and 8 minute Video all created within a tight one month turnaround!
The team at Unusual were asked to work with producers Motivation and AV company AudioNation to design and create a new immersive attraction at Leeds Castle in Kent. The Gatehouse now delivers the story of the medieval Queens of Leeds Castle and their continued influence on this magnificent site. Green screen, drone and a live shoot at the castle bring the queens to life with a surprising reveal to lead visitors towards the rest of the castle.
St. George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
Unusual were asked to enhance St. George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. Women at War is a detailed and respectful exhibition highlighting the invaluable role of women during WWII. It features the vital work of the WAAFs and the pioneering women pilots who served in the ATA moving all types of planes around the UK. The exhibition features a full sized Spitfire within the chapel with a fully immersive VR experience. All of this within a working place of worship ensuring that services can be continued and the building protected.
The Black Tower Tales
Cardiff Castle asked Unusual to create an exciting new experience The Black Tower Tales to celebrate Welsh hero Llywelyn Bren who stood up for the people against the evil Sherif of Glamorgan. The experience takes you through the Castle’s conservation rooms where the room comes alive, the portcullis with a mind of its own and finally the Black Tower where you are immersed in the tale of Bren’s fight and tragic end.
Alice in Winterland
Alice in Winterland Christmas lantern experience fills 12 acres of Southwark Park, London. Unusual created the concept, designed and delivered the project for Golden Tours together with Agosin and Continental Drifts. It features over 160 lanterns with slides, interactives & video installations. Character design is by Stuart Wescombe.
Longleat Events asked us to create some Unusual Alice Magic in their historic Orangery with a children’s activity area on a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme. A bespoke table gave parents and children an area to create origami roses for the bushes outside while a giant tea set and card arch gave the characters plenty to play with for some great Photo Ops.
Unusual have just created a complete upgrade to Dragon Quest at Alnwick Castle. Our team brought in a new story lead by recorded actors interacting with visitors in fantatsic new scenes featuring knights, witches, lava, mazes, haunted woods and a mighty dragon that rears up to stunning effect.
ITV ‘I’m A Celebrity’ experience
Unusual were asked by the development team at ITV to scope out initial options for the I’m A Celebrity experience at the Lowry mall in Manchester. Working with Whitewater and Simworx we immersed our proposed audience in bugs, flew them in and out of the building on zip wires and let them get the full jungle feel with VR and simulators. We hope we added some great concepts to the final offer.
BBC Doctor Who
The team at Unusual were behind the design, creation and roll-out of the popular touring Doctor Who Exhibitions under license from BBC Worldwide. These ran for five years and worked as JV’s with major museums and science centres at 14 venues throughout the UK, attracting over 2.1M visitors. Displays featured costumes, props, interactive creatures and some spectacular battling Daleks!
One Small Step
One Small Step was developed, designed and created by us for two science centre exhibitions. Spaceport in Liverpool and Dundee science centre. It featured a mix or real space artifacts and models of spacecraft and landers. Mat Irvine, the BBC’s former space expert wrote and advised on the project for us.
Unusual transformed a dated ride into an amazing Jurassic Experience at the Needles in the Isle of Wight. Using a unique technique our creative team were able to create this rocky landscape mixing 2D imagery, 3D rocks, creatures and real planting in less than two weeks. It even has it’s own 4m high Volcano complete with flame lights, booming sounds and smoke FX.
Heritage GB, the owners of Land’s End and John O’Groats (amongst other attractions) asked us to devise a new attraction for Land’s End. Featuring Brian Blessed we designed and created Arthur’s Quest a great walk through, interactive family experience. Visitors cross rope bridges above raging fire, get lost in forest mirror mazes and encounter a dreadful dragon.