M+H Show and Awards, 2014

We love the M+H Show and Awards, bringing together so many people sharing new ideas, lessons learned, and exhibitors. It’s hard not to bump into someone you know! As part of the programme of talks, our MD Mark Leslie and Allen Packwood (Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge) gave a talk on the Churchill: Power of Words exhibition that was exhibited in the Morgan Library, NY.

For this year’s Awards, we were sponsoring (but not judging!) the International category. There were some outstanding projects submitted:

Shortlisted Projects:

Highly Commended:

© Gerrit Schreurs

and the Winner (drumroll please):

National Archives, The Netherlands, Het Geheugenpaleis (The Memory Palace – with your head in the archives)


The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through eleven long and short stories which cover almost a thousand years of Dutch history. A selection of  original documents, photographs and cards are on display to illustrate the stories hidden away in the archives. Every story has its own room in the exhibition. The rooms feature archive material, as well as personal interpretations of the material and stories by artists and designers.

Irene Gerrits, director of Collections and Public Services, said she was delighted with the prize.

 ‘Our intention with this exhibit is to show the public that archives are interesting and accessible. Through documents, photographs and maps we bring stories to life.’

The National Archives created the story lines and overall concept. The overall design of The Memory Palace and the art direction was conceived by designer Todd van Hulzen in collaboration with Studio Louter. The concept Todd van Hulzen thought up was “Out of the Box” and built as a set from archive boxes.

Het Geheugenpaleis is open until 4 Jan 2015, so get your skates on and check it out!


Our newest superstar recruit

Talented, with a 1000-watt smile, driven personality,  and the grit required to deliver results every time – welcome aboard Karen Fitzpatrick! Karen comes back to us from RTÉ, Ireland’s national TV and radio broadcaster, as our lead project manager.

Karen Fitzpatrick and Tom Cruise

Karen graciously agreed to let Tom Cruise pose with her during a break in her hectic schedule

Martello’s exhibit at Exponatec 2013


As part of our Best in Heritage Award for our work at Glasnevin Cemetery, Martello Media were invited to exhibit at this year’s Exponatec Trade Fair in Cologne. We felt privileged to exhibit our work alongside the other selected winners including The Riverside Museum, Scotland. John Greene and Dr Peter Harbison of Glasnevin Cemetery Trust joined us at our stand and were there to meet and greet visitors to the show. Continue reading

IMA’s Museums and Technology Conference


We were delighted to take part in the IMA‘s conference “Museums & technology: online collections & interpretation” in Culture Derry in Northern Ireland. More than 80 museum professionals, students and interested parties from North and South heard 9 talks across a range of topics. The seminar discussed the potential and the challenges of digital engagement; how interactive design interventions mould our experience of the museum; the environmental influences on the virtual visitor; and how today’s technologies translate into museum collections. Continue reading

IDI Exhibition Design Award Winners


We were thrilled to be the overall winners of the Exhibition Design category at the IDI Awards 2013 for our recent work on the Jackie Clarke Collection. It was the Institute of Designers in Ireland’s 15th annual awards ceremony and was held in Vicar Street, Dublin where over 250 guests gathered to see 28 trophies handed out. The evening also saw the unveiling of the IDI award’s rebrand. Our client Sinead McCoole joined us for what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening that was testament to a thriving Irish design industry. Thanks to all involved!

Costumes Parisiens, Chester Beatty Library


Our latest exhibition opened recently at the Chester Beatty Library – Costume Parisiens, Fashion Plates from 1912–1914. A century after the publication of the fashion magazine Journal des Dames et des Modes, the exhibition showcases the Journal’s unique illustrations, known as Costumes Parisiens. These prints were produced using the pochoir (stencil) technique, a medium that suited the simple lines and vivid colours of contemporary fashions.

Working closely with curator Jill Unkel, we set out to create a style that conveys the decorative yet contemporary nature of the illustrations and to add texture and colour to the gallery space suggestive of a Parisian abode of the era. Continue reading

Exponatec 2013


We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been invited by “The Best in Heritage” to join them on their stand at Exponotec, Europe’s premier exhibition design trade show, which will be held in Cologne from November 20th – 22nd.

We’re joining forces with the teams at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Display Contracts to bring our EMYA award-winning exhibition of the museum in Glasnevin to Germany, with live Skype guided tours of the museum by the cemetery’s fantastic tour guides. Continue reading

Rothe House, Kilkenny


We’re delighted to be working with the Rothe House Trust on their plans to redesign the visitor experience at Rothe House in Kilkenny. It is a really beautiful site with a fascinating story to tell, as the house has witnessed hundreds of years of history in one of Ireland’s most important cities.

Rothe House was built by John Rothe in the early 17th century and this townhouse complex survives intact, along with the entirety of its burgage plot. The Rothes were one of several important merchant families in Kilkenny in the 17th century, and this building gives visitors an unparalleled opportunity to understand day-to-day life in Ireland during the 1600s. Continue reading

Jackie Clarke Collection

IT-3-Four Hundred Years of History – 100,000 Items

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened a new museum housing the Jackie Clarke Collection in the former Provincial Bank Building in Pearse Street, Ballina, on Saturday 15th June 2013, in the presence of local luminaries including the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and her husband Nick.

The collection is the largest private archive of materials relating to Ireland’s 400 year freedom struggle. It comprises over 100,000 items include rare books, films, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, paintings, maps, Republican material and the personal items of famous patriots. The collection was donated to the people of Mayo by Jackie Clarke’s wife Ann. Mayo County Council now host what’s considered an invaluable historical archive of worldwide interest. Continue reading