Scottish Submarine Centre – Nominated for award

Please see the following press release from the SSC.

The 2019 UK National Award for Museums + Heritage has shortlisted the Scottish Submarine Centre for its prestigious ‘Innovation of The Year’ Award. The SSC uses state of the art immersive projection and sound in its inaugural presentation of ‘X51 Stickleback’.

The use of video mapping technology and the centre’s complex projection system shows a full scale digitalised version of the inside of the submarine on the outside of the hull, making it possible to see how the submarine works.The exhibition highlights the role of high end projection for shared VR experiences as well as in- room 360 and demonstrates a new way to show how heritage objects work. The Centre has been shortlisted as one of the most innovative museum displays in the UK.

Run by volunteers and built on a limited budget (compared to the other shortlisted candidates) the Centre leaves visitors surprised and delighted with its use of technology to curate the submarine in this new and exciting way.

The Centre has been shortlisted with some of the country’s biggest museums and cultural innovators for the award. The other five shortlisted projects include ’Hold the World’ The Natural History Museum in partnership with Sir David Attenborough, ‘Space Lives’ Royal Museums Greenwich, ‘China First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ from National Museums Liverpool, ‘ExplorAR’ from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales, and 14-18 Now for ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’.

“Being on the same shortlist with nominees who are all nationally funded museums and organisations is a great honour and testament to the ingenuity, tenacity and hard work that went into Scotland’s newest attraction. Knowing we are on the same shortlist as projects whose creative talents include the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Peter Jackson is food for thought and very humbling’ said Brian Keating, the projects Founder & Trustee. He added “That an attraction in a small town such as Helensburgh is able to compete for the National Innovation Award with the biggest Museums in the United Kingdom, highlights that innovation can come from anywhere.

The Scottish Submarine Centre is owned and operated The Scottish Submarine Trust, a Scottish Charity managed by volunteers. The Centre is open six days a week from 26 March 2019 10am to 4pm, the Centre is closed on Mondays. The Centre is located on West King Street (in the centre of the town), Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, G84 8TR easily accessible to visitors. Enquiries for group visits should be directed to

The Museum + Heritage Awards, now in their 17th year, continue to generate public recognition for the winners and shortlisted projects. They recognise the innovators and leaders of the UK and international museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions and there are 14 awards up for grabs this year. The 2019 Awards which saw hundreds of entries, has a judging panel, made up of five sector leaders who deliberate long and hard over this years M+H Awards entries to make the final shortlist. The 2019 M+H Awards Nominees.

One comment on “Scottish Submarine Centre – Nominated for award”

  1. Peter Jeanneret says:

    The SSC was awarded “Highly Commended”, in other words, 2nd prize in this category. Still an outstanding result bearing in mind the huge competition – see

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