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December Newsletter 2016 – What We’ve Been Up To

Dec 13, 2016 | News

Welcome to our December newsletter! Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year already? It’s going way too fast for our liking (or not, we love Christmas at blackbox!).

It’s been all systems go here with lots of exciting projects being completed, more staff joining us and the launch of an entirely new product range. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on.


The Great Stink – Crossness Pumping Station

Regarded as one of the most incredible examples of modern Victorian engineering, Crossness Pumping Stationwas opened back in July this year, after restoration work done by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We were approached to create an exhibition documenting “The Great Stink” of 1858 and the impact it had across London.

We supplied standard and bespoke AV products to the exhibition, including Multi-Touch Screens, our VideoClip-HD6, a Multi Touch Table Sleek and a bespoke flushing interactive system. The exhibition’s end result was an informative and visually pleasing way to learn about The Great Stink.

Bespoke Projects

Bespoke Video & Audio Unit – Oasis Cardiff

We were approached by Oasis Cardiff to make them a bespoke audio and video unit for their touring exhibition, Refugee Wales. The exhibition focused on refugees and asylum seekers who had travelled to Wales and how they are adjusting to life in the country.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition aims to get the stories out to the public and help to give new life skills to the refugees and asylum seekers. The exhibition has been a huge success and has become part of the National Museum Wales archives.

Nurses Station Recreation – Mencap Cymru

The Hidden Now Heard exhibition being run by Mencap Cymru details the stories of patients and nurses in six long stay hospitals. The aim of the exhibition is to share and preserve the history of these hospitals which has for the most part sadly been neglected.

We were commissioned to manufacture a Brushed Aluminium Panel for use as part of a recreated nurses station. The station helped immerse visitors by providing a greater sense of the wards layout as it would have been when used. Bringing visitors closer to the stories of the former residents.

Smaller Projects

U-Turn Round – Minute Man National Park

Our popular U-Turn Round has made its way over to America for the Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts, with the help of 106 Group. The park focuses on The Battle of Lexington and Concord, which became the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War.

The U-Turn Round we supplied previously was given some TLC with content updated, giving the interpretation a new lease of life and documenting Mary Hartwell’s recollection of the battle. It has helped the park to provide an engaging experience for visitors at a low maintenance cost.

Free-Standing Kiosks, Essex County Council

Related to last month’s case study, we supplied three free standing kiosks for the You Are Hear project with accompanying software. The project documents and shares various media archives which look into the history and heritage of Essex county. Bringing various personal stories to life.

Our kiosks utilise Lightbox 2 to share multimedia content, with one having a permanent home at the Essex Record Office, and two being used for touring purposes. They’ve been a huge success and have allowed local residents to get to know more about the town’s history.

Our Brand New Autoplay Range

Last month saw the release of our new exciting product line, the Autoplay handset range. All you need to do is pick them up off their hanger, and content is triggered automatically. Finished listening? Pop the handset back on the hanger and the content stops. Simple!

AutoPlay Single Cup Armour Cable Headphones

Our Single Cup option incorporates a magnetic hanger that triggers content automatically. They’re reliable, vandal-resistant and feature our standard armour cable and swivel knuckle for increased longevity.

AutoPlay Double Cup Armour Cable Headphones

Our Double Cup is exactly the same as our Single Cup – except with two cups! Robust and easy to install featuring our armour cable and swivel knuckle, these headphones are a must have for your site.

Merry Christmas!

This will be our final newsletter before Christmas and the New Year. Our last working day will be on the 21st December. We will then re-open for business as usual on the 3rd January 2017. From all of us here at Blackbox-av, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you on the other side!