Touring Exhibition design and curation

306,000+ visitors in 10 days

at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Dubai.

A cultural celebration attracting not only children but extending the joy of learning to parents and adults in a family-friendly atmosphere.

SCRF is held annually under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Muhammad Al Qasimi. is the home base of The Museum of Movie Magic, part of the IDEAS group. We have curated a range of amazing, accessible pop culture-themed exhibition titles, with mass appeal to family audiences looking for a great day out. Our exhibitions can tour anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Our incredible range of exhibitions-for-hire feature exceptional iconic objects drawn from our vast private collection of movie props and costumes. The exhibitions can sit at the heart of a range of themed narratives, from science to contemporary cultural heritage. With objects representing diverse academic, cultural, art and design disciplines, these spectacular collections highlight the central role that props and costumes play in cinema storytelling.

Our exhibitions have been designed to easily tie in with educational themes, as an attractor for an existing collection or as a spectacular, stand-alone exhibition.

Everything you need for an outstanding, educational, engaging and successful temporary exhibition is included within our low-cost exhibition hire package. The loan package includes:

  • Display plinths and cases
  • Promotional package with customisable promotional posters, flyers and press ads
  • Tested bolt-on educational workshops and event ideas
  • Press release materials
  • Themed retail merchandise

Our portfolio of  touring exhibition for hire includes:

  • ALIEN INVASION: Creatures, costumes and original, screen-used and replica props from everyone’s favourite movies, together for the first time ever in one touring exhibition.
  • SCI-FI MOVIE COSTUMES: one of the largest assembled collections of Sci-fi costumes in the UK.
  • ROBOT: awe-inspiring life-size robots, cyborgs and androids from TV and the movies.
  • CELEBRITY: personal belongings from the world of show-biz and other items touched by fame.
  • ANOTHER WORLD: Inclusive, diverse, educational and inspirational touring exhibition and a great learning resource platform, it has been hailed as as one of the most compelling touring exhibitions in the UK.
  • DOODLES: original artworks by well known artists and other individuals of celebrity status.

All our touring exhibitions include museum labels and information panels. The display units are easily installed and are adaptable to fit any size and type of venue or public space, from museums to shopping malls. We also offer a full design and install service where required.

Our curated collection of iconic movie costumes and props can tour anywhere in the UK and around the world. Large and enthusiastic audiences have visited our exhibitions at museums and galleries from Edinburgh, Scotland to Warrnambool, Australia, experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect to unforgettable and beloved characters. The exhibitions engage and inspire audiences and offer significant benefits in terms of visitor numbers, income and ongoing interest for the venues and organisations hosting them.

Our exhibitions boost numbers and income for galleries and museums as well as the broader local economy. The beachside town of Warrnambool received an injection of over a million dollars when people came from far and wide to see, first-hand, a collection of props and costumes from their favourite Science Fiction movies.

If you have a gallery, museum or event in need of a dramatic splash, we have exciting, amazing and educational collections for you to augment and underpin your existing activities.


Benefits of our touring exhibitions

  • Our exhibits are vibrant, up-to-date and enormously popular; be prepared for a huge increase in entry numbers (primary sales).
  • All those visitors lead to an increase in secondary sales, through food outlets, merchandise, other attractions and support learning activities.
  • Sales benefits come at reduced costs, as there are no development costs, the planning is super-low on the hassle scale and the price of dry hire is low.
  • Marketing budgets are also lower; self-perpetuating exhibition themes attract lots of publicity and press interest at no cost.
  • Our exhibitions help you to achieve targets and funding criteria. In the past, venues have exceeded their yearly visitor targets in only a few weeks (see Alien Invasion for details)
  • Capture the public’s imagination, and generate and sustain interest in your existing static collections. Happy visitors mean increased customer loyalty – visitor numbers will remain high long after our event.
  • Our exhibitions can create an enhanced visitor experience, with opportunities for interactive events, workshops, guest appearances and tested bolt-on event ideas.
  • Given the pop-culture nature of the exhibitions, Celebrity Association is a possibility that will draw the attention of the press and the public.


Need a purpose-built exhibition?

If you need a specialised display, we can work with you to make it happen. Contact as with your brief and we will use our 30-odd years of experience in designing successful exhibitions to make the most of your available budget. We may also be able to help secure funding or sponsorship.

Need a made-to-order prop?

For monsters, aliens, space ships, time machines, robots, ray guns and other props built to order see COMPLETE FABRICATION (Turn your sound up!)

Disposing of your collection?

We are always interested in acquiring new exhibits. Call or email us with details if you are downsizing, creating space or would like to generate funds by disposing of any part of your collection.

If you are considering hosting one of our touring exhibitions, contact us for more information or see our TERMS

Seven ways to become unique

Seven ways to become unique

Brand development ideas for your business, your product or service.

The magical ability of brand development to transform image, perception and profit relies in part of the foresight, cultural depth and the intellectual skills of the creative source behind the concept and the strategy.  In every aspect of our work, we are firm advocates of pushing back the boundaries of convention to explore the broader view.  We believe that this opens the mind to new stimuli and direction.

This last point is particularly relevant in diagnosing, analysing and revealing any obstacles to what our clients want to achieve.

We firmly believe in communicating at every level to exhaust all possible sources in our quest for information.  Only then can we begin to assess and focus on what we have acquired, and in turn, work on how to achieve marketable goals for our clients. This allows us to provide solutions and new opportunities for a particular product, service or brand, no matter how big or small, with drive and energy.

So much of the success of a brand in reaching its target audience depends on how well the creative is attuned to that audience and, just as importantly, how good they are at maintaining enthusiasm during the creative process.  It is our innate ability to meet challenges head-on, tackling them with unfaltering gusto, which ensures a result.

We listen well, and we’re thorough. If you have clear ideas, we’ll turn them into reality. If not, we’ll help you bring them into focus.

Our proven brand development success strategy consists of the following manageable stages:
Output: definitions of most profitable market sectors, customer profiles, and key influencers.

Stage 2 – THE BRAND
Output: Brand development proposals and marketing strap-lines (defining what you do and the benefits you deliver) presented as first draft visuals, allowing you and all interested parties to make judgments on these concepts. On approval, we will create finished art for the chosen brand. Clarity of brand and use will ensure continuity throughout all marketing activities underpinning the brand position.

Stage 3 –  MEDIA
Output: outline media campaign visuals with a candidate list of likely publications, cost of insertion, size, frequency and potential publication schedule. Advertising is likely to be a vital support mechanism.
To this end, we will present a schedule of candidate publications with evidence of how these fit into the marketing programme and align with targeting issues.

Output: in addition to the definitive press pack detailing background, history, current activity, etc. a series of potential storylines for a range of PR activity to be released on a regular basis, together with associated writing and distribution costs, timescales and release dates

Output: A programme of customer introductions, promo stunts or events. Visuals of invitations, programmes, giveaways, mementoes, and giveaways, for events & press calls.

Each project needs a carefully planned, co-coordinated and adaptable brand identity and communications strategy to maximise market penetration and create positive publicity and positive transformation.

Where possible we will offer support and assistance in other areas where consistency and understanding of the brand values within the context of the overall vision would be beneficial.

Stage 7 – THE VISION
The Brand Development Strategy Vision Document
An essential and invaluable document which will help ensure buy-in from all interested parties including partners, funding agencies, key influencers and other stakeholders.

We will identify strategic transformational collateral.  You will see creative solutions in the form of outline finished visuals and treatments together with costs for consideration with an illustrated shopping list of optional bolt-ons components.

Included will be key requirements such as co-branding opportunities, sponsorship opportunities, POS presentation materials, website look and feel, set or interior design, publications, and marketing collateral.
We will also consider potential likely profit centres such as branded goods and merchandise.

Most excitingly are the ideas yet to be revealed through this process.

The creative team:
Don Jack – creative director and founder of IDEAS
Don Jack has worked as creative consultant for WetWetWet, NBC Universal, Prince, The Edinburgh International Magic festival, British Airways, Scottish Enterprise, British Waterways, BP Worldwide, Crime Stoppers, the BBC, The Scottish Office, Visit Scotland, Gleneagles Hotel among many others primarily in the Tourism, Entertainment and Leisure, Events and Exhibitions sectors, (also Charity, Consumer and Corporate markets), working with these clients in the UK and overseas.
Stuart Robertson – Studio head of design
A consummate creative thinker, Stuart has been part of the IDEAS team for more than two decades.  With a reputation for his coolness under pressure, Stuart is regarded by many as one of the UK’s leading designers.
Annette Jack – Project management, financial controller and administration director. 
Annette ensures the day-to-day smooth running and organisation of each project, which she fulfils instinctively having now worked with the consultancy since its inception.
External support
With more than 30 years in the business of creativity, IDEAS has gathered a loyal team of highly creative and motivated creative, media and production specialists.

Colin Cloud – The Illusionists Live From Broadway

Colin Cloud – The Illusionists Live From Broadway

He’s the Sherlock Holmes of entertainment if Holmes had a flair for comedy, the Great Detective of live events performing everywhere from Off-Broadway, New York, to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The forensic mind reader will know what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what you do for a living, the car you drive, even your PIN code. He’ll read you like a book.

“We could rule the world together.” – Simon Cowell

“Utterly mind-blowing.” – Prince William

“Do me!” – Holly Willoughby

*As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Sherlock (BBC – iWonder) – This Morning (ITV), America’s Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance.

***** (Edinburgh Evening News). ***** (Daily Record).  As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One) .

Chalkboard display – the latest interior must have

Chalkboard display – the latest interior must have

Chalkboard graphics are the latest must-have for your trendy interior design. No self-respecting farm shop, bar, or artisan outlet would be seen without one. Our beautifully designed, well crafted, hand-drawn chalkboards grace the walls of leading hotels, coffee shops, bars and restaurants across the UK.  Our chalkboards provide a personal, authentic, vintage/rustic look to any interior scheme. We can create these in any size and to any design brief.

And the artwork can be used in other display areas as well.


Vintage style chalkboard graphics teamed up with cool faux shot blast vinyl window graphics – one our visual signature looks. Your customers will find it impossible resist the seductive call of our chalkboards.

Specialist authentic vintage look graphics for your next interior project

COW upscale vintage 1350

Chalkboards for Hotels, Chalkboards for restaurants, chalkboards for pubs, chalkboards for farm shops, chalkboards for retail, chalkboards for your next interior project. Chalkboard designers Falkirk Scotland.

Get in touch to discuss your project, send us an email or complete the form below.

10 fold increase on exhibition visitor targets


 ‘We’ve never known anything like it’

That’s what Vicki Hobson of the Museum of Gloucester said after hosting our touring exhibition, smashing their target of 6000 by a whopping 55,000 visitors.

Out if this world

The ‘Robot’ exhibition at the Museum of Gloucester has pulled in the crowds with 55,000 visitors attending the blockbusting attraction – nearly ten times more than organisers were anticipating.

‘Robot’, features a collection of robots, cyborgs and android from TV and film over the past 40 years.

It has been so successful the opening times for the exhibition were extended to cope with the extra demand.

Vicki Hopson, Business Development Officer at the Museum of Gloucester, said: “We had a target footfall of 6,000 for the whole six weeks so we’ve blown this out the water.

“We have been getting at least 1,000 visitors every day since the exhibition opened on 16 July, which is beyond our wildest dreams.

“Hopefully, it has helped to showcase the rest of the museum too and visitors to ‘Robot’ had an opportunity to enjoy everything else that we have to offer.”



Zenith undercover water park

Zenith undercover water park

An undercover water park about the size of one-and-a-half football pitches will be one of the main attractions of the Zenith development in Scarborough s North Bay.

The developer, says 80 million could be spent in Scarborough on plans which would provide hundreds of new jobs. The plans include: * multi-screen cinema * conference hotel and casino * bowling alley * hi-tech snowboarding centre * complex of 330 holiday apartments * bars, restaurants and a large car park.

The Zenith project was first mooted almost six years ago, masterplan and design concepts (above and below) were created by the renowned Scottish based blue sky, creative consultancy: Ideas in collaboration with architect: Ian McKay Boyce for Grayling Sports and Leisure Ltd.

It is envisaged that the Zenith development could be carried out on a site covered by the Atlantis water-theme park, Marvels amusement and leisure park and parts of Northstead Manor Gardens, including the Open-Air Theatre. David Rhodes, managing director of Developer Benchmark, said: We are delighted to be working with the council on such a prestigious scheme. The large investment is a very positive move in ensuring the town s continued future as a leading centre for tourism and leisure. Gordon Carey, chairman of Leeds-based architects Carey Jones, said: The features incorporated in the design will make the development a real landmark on Yorkshire s East Coast. Care has been taken to provide state-of-the-art facilities while at the same time working with the natural charm of the North Bay setting.

Bo’ness HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative


Bo’ness HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative

Early 2002 Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) invited a number of companies to respond to their brief to find a use for the former Hippodrome Cinema. The agreement made provision for the refurbished building to be transferred or leased to the creators of the preferred scheme on favourable terms in return for their speculative consultancy.

The golden age of cinema

A concept to restore the cinema back to its former use and the creation of a community space was proposed by Ideas, the Falkirk-based design firm proposed to SHBT by Scottish Enterprise. In the preceding years Ideas had worked extensively for SE on a large number of creative projects including masterplanning visitor attractions. Surprisingly, the preferred option for the building was a Gym, however, SHBT requested that they retain an option to revisit the Ideas proposals.
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HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative

The harbour, foreshore area and other key areas of Bo’ness had lain derelict for many years, it was considered that these offered investment opportunities that could benefit the whole town – the aim of the THI was to repair and restore historic buildings. Among the architecturally important buildings in Bo’ness town centre, the Hippodrome cinema was to offer perhaps the most significant of these opportunities.
A sustainable use for the Hippodrome was considered critical, pivotal to HLF funding. The Ideas proposal was revived and considered worthy of the task. A significant part of the (THI) application was the ‘Bo’ness masterplan opportunity overview document’ designed and produced by and importantly, their detailed development plan for the Hippodrome. Ideas also introduced the project to a potential overseas investor/developer. Part of the strategy was to create a distinctive Bo’ness brand to help ensure buy-in from all decision makers and key influencers.
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The Falkirk Council initiated HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative for Bo’ness was successful. Benefiting from a £5 million investment the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was intended to help the town’s economic regeneration.
The cinema underwent renovation from the middle of 2006. The work was largely completed on 14 February 2008 when the keys were handed over to its new owner, Falkirk Council. The renovation then went through a final phase when modern cinema projection and sound equipment were added. On 9 April 2009, the cinema finally opened its doors again to the public.
The Hippodrome was reopened in April 2009.
On 1 July 2011, Falkirk Community Trust assumed responsibility for the management and operation of the Bo’ness Hippodrome.
In 2014, VisitScotland gave the venue a four star rating, indicating “an excellent standard”.