Jim Clark Museum, Duns

Client: The Jim Clark Trust

Designers: Abound Design

Fit Out: Elmwood Projects

In early 2018 Elmwood were tasked with the Fit Out of a new permanent museum in Duns in the Scottish Borders, to honour the life and legacy of 1960s motor racing World Champion, Jim Clark.

Jim grew up in a farming family in Duns and is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever Formula One drivers. This brand new, award winning visitor attraction in his honour was commissioned by the Jim Clark Trust and was officially opened by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE in August 2019. The Museum has since proved hugely popular among both motorsport enthusiasts and the local communities.

Our exhibition fit-out showcases Jim Clark’s trophy collection and memorabilia including his 1963 & 1965 Formula 1 World Championship winning trophies and 1965 Indianapolis 500 trophy. Elmwood delivered all elements of the exhibition, working in coordination with the directly appointed AV contractor, providing Museum standard showcases and fabricating display plinths and case furniture. Our team were required to coordinate works to accommodate the two key pieces taking centre stage in the Museum – Jim Clark’s most famous race cars; a stunning Lotus Cortina and iconic Formula One Lotus 25. The museum also offers hands-on interactive elements including a racing car simulator.

Two feature corner plinths with undulating shapes were fabricated in our workshop with our trademark quality and precision and integrated with large-format graphics panels. All joints in these pieces were V jointed and filled with flexible filler to form crack-free, seamless finishes.

The elements of the Museum also included a Core gallery and a Reception and Retail area with large semi-circular desk and display cabinets. An AV Theatre with bench seating shows film footage of some of Jim Clark’s greatest racing achievements and a Temporary Exhibition space with flexible display frames hosts a new themed photography collection each year.

We were delighted when The Jim Clark Museum was named the winner in the Collection category at the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards in 2019, with the judges commenting that: “The museum conveys a sense of place like few others. It has done an extraordinary job in attracting over 1,000 visitors a month to Duns, which is not on the normal tourist trail and requires a committed journey to reach.”