Interview with Michael Harvey, visitor experience lead on Action Stations

With the IMAGinE awards nominations closing in a little under a month we are profiling 2016 award winners; Australian National Maritime Museum about the IMAGinE award winning exhibition project Action Stations.


Action Stations was the biggest public initiative the Museum had undertaken since it opened in 1991. The experience has three major facets; new on-board interpretation of HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow; an eight minute film, and a Discovery and Exploration space.

In the on-board vessel experience 20 key spaces have new interpretation, conveying a dramatic, poignant or personal story from that room. Standard graphic panels were minimised in these rooms. Instead creative manifestations of each story were developed utilising art, sound, metaphor and lighting to engage visitors emotionally and capture their imaginations.

The Museum partnered with James Humberstone of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to compose the soundscape for the on-board vessel interpretations.

The Museum commissioned a short film dramatising life on board the vessels. The film features live action combined with CGI special effects and is projected on a giant screen transporting visitors inside Vampire and Onslow during operations. Visitors can then leave the cinema space excited to explore the actual vessels.

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