Celebrating St Andrews Day with Mather & Co's Scottish projects.

Today marks St Andrews Day, and we would like to celebrate by sharing the past and present projects that Mather & Co are involved in across the beautiful Scotland. From the Gretna Green Experience to The R&A World Golf Museum to Inverness Castle – through our projects, we showcase the rich and varied heritage that Scotland holds.

Step into the world’s greatest love story at the Gretna Green Experience

Gretna Green is renowned as the home of ‘runaway marriages’ for over 260 years and continues to be a popular wedding venue to this day.

The Gretna Green Experience is a story of romance, rebellion, and unstoppable love since 1754, and is still being written today. The experience showcases the extraordinary love stories of those who wed at Gretna Green, visitors can get up close to original objects including marriage registers, original love letters from the 1700s and learn from the Anvil priests themselves about how Gretna Green made it the home of runaway romance. Mather & Co is responsible for all design, management, and production of the exhibition and retail area.

Gretna Green Experience

Celebrating a rich sporting heritage at the Home of Golf – St Andrews

Formerly known as The British Golf Museum, The R&A World Golf Museum reopened to the public in June 2021.

The redeveloped museum brings both golf lovers and non-golf lovers together to appreciate the sport for its pioneering history, global presence, and diverse future. We created a free-flow exhibition with plenty of opportunity for interactivity and immersion to engage younger visitors.

Our relationship with The R&A didn’t stop there – in March 2022 we also created a high-impact projection mapping show that was projected onto one of golf’s most iconic buildings – The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse in St Andrews – to celebrate The 150th Open. The ten-minute audio-visual show unfolds over 160 years of history, enhanced by cutting-edge motion graphics, effects, beautifully composed music, and commentary by Hollywood superstar, Gerard Butler.

World Golf Museum

Creating a first-class attraction at Inverness Castle

We are currently working on a leading visitor attraction at Inverness Castle, due to open in 2025. The visitor experience will utilise the very latest technology to excite the senses with full 360-degree immersion through audio, interactive and digital means. Within the Inverness Castle Visitor Experience, visitors will experience the Spirit of the Highlands through stories of Landscape (Cruth-tìre) Heritage (Dualchas), Culture (Cèilidh) and Community (Coimhearsnachd).

Guided with traditional Scottish storytelling, visitors will connect to Highland stories through a series of themed immersive rooms, where they can walk through forests, gather round the fire for story time, join in a cèilidh, and witness iconic moments of Highland and Island history. The stories have been crowdsourced from across the Highlands, capturing the spirit of the region’s past, present, and future, showcasing people’s accounts of the region.

Inverness Castle

Dundee’s Discovery Point Transformed

Mather & Co are currently developing designs that include a brand-new climate change gallery, a new gallery for temporary or special exhibitions, targeted upgrades of existing exhibitions, and new interpretation on board the famous RRS Discovery.

Through our interpretation plan, we aim to encourage debate and a call to action to protect the world around us – whilst also appealing to all the senses and a variety of learning styles.

Dundee Heritage exhibition design

Redeveloping the quirky Glencoe Folk Museum

Glencoe Folk Museum is located in the beautiful Highlands and housed in traditional 18th century heather-thatched cottages. One of our project aims is to provoke curiosity and to challenge visitors to expand their minds, to learn new things from the past, present, and future of Glencoe. The museum has recently received National Lottery Heritage Funding to fund the first phase of the museum redevelopment project.

Glencoe Folk Museum

Bringing creative energy to Hydro Ness

Mather & Co worked with the Highland Council to develop the interpretive visitor experience on the River Ness. The hydroelectric scheme generates electricity to power approximately 50% of the electricity use at Inverness Leisure Centre.

We developed an interpretive experience through the new landscaped area, including crafted benches, interpretive panels, lighting, a tree grate around the ‘jubilee tree’ and interpretation for the buried time capsule. The interpretive content includes key messages such as how Hydro Ness works, the different ecology found around the River Ness, and our changing climate. The Hydro Ness provides an engaging experience for all ages, using interpretation to promote several key messages across the site.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, then please contact us.