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Hill House, National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland engaged Imagineear’s creative expertise to develop digital and physical interpretation projects at the iconic Hill House, a domestic masterpiece by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and commissioned by Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie in 1902.

"The Imagineear team were amazing to work with at the Hill House. They were quick to grasp the artistic essence of the house and brought so much creativity to the project to ensure our new audio, film and family interactives were a perfect fit."

Emma Inglis
Curator (South & West) for The National Trust for Scotland.

Imagineear designed a multifaceted interpretation plan to meet the needs of 3 different spaces: the Guest Dressing Room, the Guest Bedroom and the Day Nursery.

In the Guest Dressing Room, Imagineear scripted and produced a multi-layered, rich immersive audio experience, bringing snippets of Blackie family life to the space as well as memories from Walter Blackie and quotes from Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

In contrast to the audio immersion of room one, Imagineear designed and produced an entirely visual experience for the second room, the Guest Bedroom, immersing visitors in strong and engaging visual projections to tell the story of the Hill House and its significance in parallel to the rise of the Mackintosh style and his resulting global influence.

For the Day Nursery, Imagineear designed an interactive installation offering visitors an opportunity to connect to the lives of the children who grew up there, as well as to each other. Imagineear created bespoke board games and family activities based on contemporary children’s games of the period and drawing on inspiration from the Blackie Annual visual language as well as recognisable motifs and stylistic designs from both Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald to produce beautiful and authentic-feeling physical games for families to enjoy, as the Blackie family children once did.