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Funding for Scotland’s Iconic Artists project

Three new creative collaborations have been awarded the latest Iconic Artists in Iconic Places grants by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). The funding enables The Scottish

Fisheries Museum, Timespan and Gairloch Heritage Museum to work with artists who will draw inspiration from their collections and the history of their local communities. Te projects will result in a number of exhi- bitions and events during 2013. Te Scottish Fisheries Museum in Fife

will reacquaint its community with its her- itage by creating installations in unusual venues, while Timespan in Helmsdale will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Kildonan Clearances. Gairloch Heritage Museum will use the

funding to host its first artist in residence for which applications are currently being invited. Details:

Football museum for Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC has opened a £1m inter- active museum in the new Stan Cullis Stand at Molineux Stadium. Wolves Museum features 25,000 pieces of memorabilia, including shirts, medals, old programmes and trophies collected over the club’s 135-year history. Te museum is split into

different zones; history, sta- dium, sport science and games. Twenty-two touch screens, one of them called ‘Glory of Wolves,’ are placed around the museum. Te Hall of Fame houses a 30 person capac-

Te museum was designed by exhibition specialist Mather & Co

ity cinema showing a film about the club past and footage from famous games. Ron Flowers’ World Cup medal and a draw-

ing of Molineux as ‘a pleasure gardens’ are among the most prized items in the displays. School groups can attend workshops to learn

about the club’s history as well as the dietary and fitness regimes footballers undertake. Jez Moxey, chief executive, Wolves, said:

“Te Wolves Museum has been nearly two years in the making in terms of actual design and delivery but it has been Steve Morgan’s vision and passion to create this amazing facil- ity.” Details:

Visions of China developers sign land deal

National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, one of Electrosonic’s recent projects

Electrosonic acquires Global Immersion

AV specialist Electrosonic has acquired Global Immersion, a designer of high performance digital immersive theatre attractions. The deal, completed on 10 December will allow Electrosonic to offer digital immersive solutions across the theme park, museum, giant screen cin- ema and planetarium markets. Jim Bowie, president of Electrosonic

Group, said the deal was a significant stra- tegic move for both companies. He said: “As a single operation, we will

service an even broader range of mar- kets, bringing further innovation and an expanded offering to our customers. “Our goal to attract and develop the best

industry talent has been one of the drivers of the acquisition. Together we will lead by consolidating our strengths and deliv- ering the best visual systems in the world.” Details:


Te Visions of China theme park, planned for a former opencast coal mine in the Rother Valley Country Park, is one step closer to develop- ment with a lease agreement signed between the local council and developers. Te proposed 120-acre attraction is pro-

jected to cost more than £100m and would showcase Chinese architecture, garden design and culture and customs. A Rotherham Borough Council spokes-

person confirmed the authority has entered agreements for the leasing of 153 acres of land, meaning developer Mid City Developments (MCD) and leisure operator China Vision Ltd can move ahead with plans for the project. Rotherham Borough Council picked Visions

of China as the preferred development for the former Pithouse West colliery site in August last year, stating the attraction would increase visitor numbers to Yorkshire. China Vision expects 1.5 million peo- ple will visit the park each year where

Te entire 12-acre attraction will be China-themed

they will see Oriental lakes and gardens, a Chinatown retail street, a Shaolin temple, theatre, children’s “fantasy land”, restau- rants and an Oriental-themed spa and hotel. Details:

Edinburgh Zoo celebrates pandaversary

Visiting pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, have now completed the first year of their 10 year stay at Edinburgh Zoo, which has been deemed a great success in terms of research and visits. Te arrival of the pandas a year ago has boosted ticket sales by around 50 per

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cent. Around 500,000 people have visited the zoo to see the pandas, which has won an honorary Scottish Tistle Award for their services to tourism. Tey have also inspired panda tartan and panda milk. Details:

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