Hands on History

Fort Nelson & Leeds

Paragon Creative were commissioned by Furneaux Stewart to construct and install interactives and scenics for new ‘Hands on History’ experiences at The Royal Armouries Museum at Leeds and at Fort Nelson. 

The project involves the re-modelling of the sites at Leeds and Portsmouth to enable the visitors to have a greater tactile and interactive experience with the weapons and weaponry. “We’ve always had an iconoclastic approach to showing history and we believe that allowing objects to be handled is vital in bringing a modern museum collection to the public” says Armouries Director, Peter Armstrong. “It’s only by handling these objects that individuals can start to feel the sense of history that surrounds them and what it must have been like to participate in some of the most important events of the past. We want to move away from the traditional approach which shows you a glass case and a label saying ‘what, where and when’”. 

Here at Paragon we have developed and constructed a range of interactives which are now installed at Leeds, and which are proving to be highly popular with visitors of all ages and skills. The interactives are enhanced by simple but effective theming surrounds.

Our Client: Furneaux Stewart

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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