Hardy’s Birthplace Project


Martello Media are delighted to have been recently awarded the Exhibition Design and Fit-out of Hardy’s Birthplace, Dorset. This is a joint National Trust and Dorset County Council project, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will incorporate a new visitor centre built on the site of the existing Dorset Countryside Ranger base at Thorncombe Woods, with improved car parking and access to Hardy’s cottage through Thorncombe Woods. The timber-built visitor centre will be a ‘gateway to the landscape’ with interpretation that enables visitors to engage with Hardy and the landscape that shaped his work. Providing an exciting and informative start to a visitor’s journey, the interpretation in the centre will provide essential information and orientation for visitors, as well as inspiring them to want to find out more about Hardy by exploring Hardy’s Birthplace and further afield. Continue reading

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre Launch

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The team at Martello were delighted to attend the official launch of our latest exhibition at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on the 21st of May. Speaking at the launch, the centre’s manager Margaret Dunne was proud to announce that they have just received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, putting them in the top 10% of world visitor attractions. Margaret also pointed out that recent figures have revealed that the vast majority of visitors to Ireland are attracted by our cultural heritage. Music to the ears of all of us working in the heritage sector! Continue reading

Welcome Praise!

We were delighted to hear such kind words from Margaret Dunne, the manager of Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, and from Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at the recent launch of the centre’s new heritage and tourism facilities.

Martello wins 4 awards at the Design Awards

Last night was a great night for Martello at the IDI Awards in the Sugar Club. We picked up four awardsin total for ‘Churchill: The Power of Words’, Fota and Life Online.


Churchill: The Power of Words was Highly Commended in the Exhibition Design category and also picked up a High Commendation for Interactive Design.
The childrens’ booklets for Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens received a commendation for Promotional Literature/Publications and finally Life Online also received a commendation in the Interactive Design category.


Touched by Multi-Touch

_DSD2846Museums Journal reviewed the LifeOnline exhibition at the National Media Museum, for which we designed Destroy The Network:

Some interactives are inspired, however. Destroy The Network is a sophisticated game that teaches you how resilient distributed computer networks are, by inviting you to destroy a series of them, each more complex than the last. Built using a multi-touch table (which a whole group can use at once), it’s one of the most effective uses of this technology I’ve seen in a gallery. Danny Birchall

We find multi-touch games require a lot more development time, if you really want the tech to add substantively to the experience. 

Official opening of Churchill: The Power of Words in New York

Boris Johnson opened Martello’s latest exhibition “Churchill: The Power of Words” in New York City last night. Hosted by the Morgan Library the exhibition contains a selection of artefacts from the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge. 
The night was a huge success and visitors and press alike had a very positive reaction to the new exhibition.
Visitors looking at Churchill’s original notes for some of his greatest speeches.
Declan Kiely (Morgan Library), Rob, Mark, Joanne, Allen Packwood (Churchill Archives), Clare and Laura at the official opening.