Observatory interactives get a facelift

Summer in Scotland isn’t a great time for getting a good view of the night sky… with less than seven hours of darkness, and much of that twilight. This summer, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre have put the slightly quieter time over the school summer holidays to good use refurbishing and rebuilding some of their interactive exhibits.

Bending light

Bending light

I had already worked with Tania Johnston, Senior Public Engagement Officer at the Observatory early last year to create couple of new exhibits in their learning space.

This year, Tania was keen to revamp the interactive exhibits in the telescope dome. These exhibits had been in place for around 20 years (maybe longer!) and were the surviving three that remained popular with both staff and visitors from a slightly larger selection installed in the 1990s.

Nitrogen spectrum

Nitrogen spectrum


The challenge was to re-design and re-build them to keep all the aspects that had worked so well for so long, but to refresh the text and graphics and give them a more modern finish.

Create a Rainbow

Create a Rainbow


Relatively local company FifeX took care of the exhibit build while graphic design was by Chris Peters who designed the graphics for last years’ exhibits. The Observatory staff are very pleased with the outcome, hopefully the first school group to use them this week will agree.

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