Scotland's Timelords

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Dynamic Earths newest gallery, Timelords, celebrates one of the most influential Scottish thinkers of all time. James Hutton is considered the Father of modern geology and this exhibition aims to bring him to life to discuss his theories and studies through the use of a Peppers Ghost effect in the classroom themed area of the gallery. 

The gallery uses bespoke joinery to create a period feel with oak panelling as well as cutting edge av based technology to communicate complex theories and make them accessible for all visitors. 


Paragon Creative Ltd was commissioned as the Main Fit out Contractor to complete the removal of the previous exhibition, CDM, detail design development, fabrication and installation of the Gallery as well as managing the various specialist sub-contractors. 

Over a six month period Paragon Creative’s specialist teams were engaged on the detail design and manufacture of various bespoke interactives, models and bespoke joinery exhibits. Many of which required hardware and complex integration with the av software designers to ensure the exhibits coordinated exactly with the software, for example; props which acted as bases onto which images and videos were projected such as the giant interactive blackboard. 

We also updated the existing time machine which transports visitors back through ‘deep time’ to the dawn of the Universe as well as oversaw the safe installation of a giant illuminated globe which demonstrates the effects of plate tectonics. 

The project underwent many design changes which were managed through a change control process, this combined with our drawing sign off, sample and prototyping processes meant the changes were incorporated quickly and without issue. 

We worked with local contractors where possible including the provision of a very specialist flooring design which had to be cut exactly to our design to work with the other exhibits.

Our Client: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Designed by: Studio MB


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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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2 days ago

Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1

No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

2 days ago

Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

16 hours ago

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