Firm behind Silverstone motor sport museum appointed to Inverness Castle project

Caption: Chris Mather, CEO of Mather & Co; Fiona Hampton, director of Inverness Castle; and Sarah Clarke, MD of Mather & Co. inside the entrance of Inverness Castle. Credit: Ewen Weatherspoon

MATHER & Co has been announced as the exhibition designers for the project to transform Inverness Castle into a ‘world class’ visitor attraction.

The firm has 25 years experience in creating attractions across the world, having been behind the likes of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition; The Ultimate Lap at the Silverstone Experience; The Royal Mint Experience; and The R&A World of Golf Museum in St Andrews.

The Silverstone Experience

The Highland Council said that Mather & Co will bring creativity, experience and innovation to the project – with their approach to consider the whole experience of the visitor, including what people see and interact with before, during and after their visit.

The local authority added that celebrating and interpreting the ‘spirit of the Highlands’ in 100 stories will be the core theme of the visitor experience. The tender invited the successful company to develop and explore this brief in ‘imaginative’ and ‘unexpected’ ways, whilst encouraging people to visit other locations around the Highlands.

Fergus Ewing MSP, co-chair of the Inverness Castle delivery group, said, “The appointment of Mather & Co as exhibition designers for the project is an important step in the transformation of Inverness Castle.

“Their wide experience across a varied range of visitor attractions throughout the world will be a welcome contribution to the development of the castle as a gateway for tourism in the Highlands, as well as a place that locals and visitors will be keen to visit again and again.”

Chris Mather, CEO of Mather & Co, added, “We are excited to be a part of the project team and get started by creating a first class and compelling destination attraction – showcasing the rich heritage of the Highlands and Islands and the castle itself.”