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Dundee V&A set to tour Scotland before 2017 debut

Prior to its opening scheduled for early 2017, exhibits from the new V&A Dundee Museum of Design are to tour Scotland, visiting 78 venues during 2015. Te gallery will stop at schools, muse-

ums and libraries before its final stop at the Victoria and Albert museum in London – the only venue outside of Scotland. Te exhibition will change depending

on the location, with each stop highlight- ing local heritage and showcasing leading designers. Construction of the new £45m V&A in Dundee is due to start next year. Dundee-based firm eeGeo is develop-

ing a mobile app in conjunction with the tour to track the bus as it travels across Scotland, with the app also highlighting stories about local design over the course of the last 300 years. Alongside this, users will be encouraged to pin their favourite Scottish designers, design icons and objects to the map, sharing their own thoughts, ideas and stories of Scottish creativity. Te tour, which will provide significant

publicity for the upcoming museum, is to launch on 13 February, departing from the site of the V&A Dundee, before com- pleting its journey in London on 21 June. Details:

BBC axes Chester Zoo TV show

Our Zoo, the TV drama about the history of Chester Zoo, has been cancelled “to create room for new shows,” according to the BBC. The news will come as a

blow for Chester Zoo, which according to the zoo’s manag- ing director Jamie Christon, was worth around £30m in free PR for the visitor attrac- tion in the north of England. “£30m is PR equivalent,”

said Christon speaking to Leisure Opportunities in October. “If we were buying space to promote the zoo, it would have cost us £30m to get the same media exposure with the amount of publications and media outlets the zoo has appeared in.” Te popular drama told the tale of Chester

Zoo founder George Mottershead and how he decided to start the establishment along with the trials and tribulations he came up against

Te show has been given the chop despite being generally well received

while doing so. Te show – which ran for six episodes on BBC One in a prime time spot between September and October – garnered an average of 5.1 million viewers per episode. Chester Zoo is also halfway through con-

struction on its £30m Islands project, set to open in May. Details:

Bio-activated horror maze planned for UK

Interact ive games company Slingshot, creators of the highly successful 2.8 Hours Later zombie experience, has revealed plans for a unique bio-activated horror maze to debut in the UK in 2015. Themed around Robert Louis

Te event makes its debut at London’s ExCeL

Visitor Attractions Expo to start at ExCeL London today

The first ever Visitor Attraction Expo (VAE) kicks off today (13 January), with owners, managers and developers at the ExCeL in London for the three-day event. Te expo gives the UK’s parks, piers,

zoos and static attractions sector “an annual event which it can call its own,” said EAG International chair Martin Burlin. Supported by EAG international, the

VAE will take place at the same time and in the same location as the industry renowned EAG international expo and will cover a broad spectrum of attrac- tions. Te event runs till Tursday (15 Jan). Details:


Stevenson’s novel Jekyll and Hyde, the Jekyll 2.0 indoor horror maze will be formed around a matrix of rooms. Each room will have four doors and the aim of the game is for participants to find their way through this maze to a central point and out again. Somewhere in the maze is a monster that players have to try to avoid. To navigate the maze, technology that mea-

Te attraction will be themed around Jekyll and Hyde

sures biometrics will enable users to activate the world around them using the body. For example, they can breathe on a door lock to unlock it, hold their breath to switch the lights on and off or raise their heartbeat to change

the soundtrack. Guests rigged up with bio- sensors move through the maze using this technology, which is linked to a central system. Slingshot is now negotiating on the first

venue for Jekyll 2.0, likely to be Bristol or Cardiff. It is also planning a crowdfunding cam- paign to start this month ahead of an October 2015 opening. Details:

Oldham Coliseum revamp plans submitted by Mecanoo

Having won a competition to revamp Oldham Coliseum in 2013, Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo has submitted plans to transform the building into a new heritage centre and theatre. The project will see Oldham Coliseum morph into an arts and heritage destination.

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The scheme, when complete, will provide two theatre auditoria with 550 and 100 seats respectively. Te site will have state-of-the-art facilities, including a heritage centre with pub- lic research spaces, galleries, archives, bars and meeting spaces. Details:

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