Old Government House reopened to the public on 7 June 2009. ToadShow was commissioned by QUT, caretaker of the building, to create a number of interpretive multimedia exhibits telling the story of Old Government House and the people who lived and worked in it.
Our work ranged from the large-format graphic design of backlit interpretive panels, to video production, 3D animation, interactive multimedia development, procurement of hardware, fit-out and installation. The old private drawing room now serves as the museum entrance and reception area, where most of this interpretive content is housed.
ToadShow designed and installed four touchscreen kiosks. They contain a welcome screen showcasing events at the house, a history of the first eleven governors, a 3D timeline outlining changes to the house, and an 8 minute high-definition tour of the house presented by Sigrid Thornton.
ToadShow created Podcasts of original inhabitants taking visitors through the house, a large-scale panorama that lets visitors scroll over historic landmarks for more information. We also installed a three projector immersive environment.
The reopened Old Government House won three awards at the 2009 National Trust Heritage Awards, gold awards in the Queensland Heritage Council and Governors Heritage Awards, and the John Herbert Memorial award for Overall Winning Project for 2009.