National Museum of Scotland

Project team

Client: National Museums Scotland

Designers: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Bespoke joinery and fit out: Elmwood

When Beck Interiors invited Elmwood to fulfil the local supplier requirement of their contract for the fit out of galleries for the £46.4m Royal Museum project, we were only too happy to accept. Not only would the project see the Victorian half of the National Museum of Scotland transformed into 16 brand new galleries offering everything from physical exhibits to mechanical, audio visual and computer-based interactives, it would also create one of the largest museums in the whole of the UK. History in the making.

Drawing on our extensive experience of bespoke set works, Elmwood designed, manufactured and installed an array of customised plinths and interactives, including the structural steelwork required to showcase the life-sized skeleton cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex, great white shark and giraffe in the Natural World galleries. We also coordinated the supply of the museum quality display cases and oversaw the flooring requirements on Becks’ behalf.

Within one year of opening, the newly restored Museum had already smashed anticipated visitor numbers, emerging as the number one visitor attraction outside of London in 2012 – the first Scottish attraction ever to appear in the UK top 10.