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Illustrating history

Illustrating history

Minprint and its MAD Creative team were recently commissioned to help The Ulster Museum to illustrate the history of Northern Ireland through the medium of decorative wallcoverings

 Managed by National Museums Northern Ireland, The Ulster Museum takes guests on a tour of the history of Northern Ireland and beyond using stunning portrait exhibitions and modern cultural references as well as exhibits from across the globe, including Egyptian mummies and dinosaurs. It is a diverse space, with intriguing exhibits that is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors.

During the summer, the museum installed two new exhibitions. The first, entitled ‘The Art of Selling Songs’ told the story of modern music from the area, while the second, a fashion exhibition entitled ‘Vice Versa’, a fashion exhibition highlightd how male and female dress trends have influenced each other through time. These new displays both required new to complement their themes and this is where Minprint and MAD Creative were able to help.

Accordingly, design, print and display expert, Minprint turned to Papergraphics, its regular supplier of print solutions for a number of years and decided that Papergraphics’ new Digimura-1 one-piece wallcovering was the way to go.

Jamie McMinnis, MAD Creative’s Managing Director takes up the story. He explained: “We already supplied the National Museums of Northern Ireland with a range of print and installation services, ranging from vinyl graphics, to prop/exhibit creation, light boxes and other bespoke items, so when these two new exhibitions involved covering large areas with seamless high quality graphics we knew that the print quality and durability of Papergraphics’ Digimura-1 was the perfect choice for an impactful and reliable display.”

In the following months, The Ulster Museum asked MAD Creative to use Digimura-1 in two other areas of the museum, one in the café area, where it has been used to cover a long wall with an historic image of the Museum and the other for its Egyptian Mummy exhibition.

Minprint printed the graphics in one seamless piece without joins, which as well as being aesthetically pleasing also prevents visitors from the temptation of picking at seams, thus ensuring maximum longevity.

Jamie McMinnis continued: “The quality of the material was key as we needed something that would achieve an appropriate standard museum standard, as well as providing a seamless option. Our client was extremely happy with the end result and we have now installed four Digimura-1 wallcoverings in the Ulster museum across different projects.”

Digimura-1 is the only one-piece digital wallcovering that currently meets all the legal requirements for commercial and contract interiors. It prints beautifully and is also fully compliant with the Euroclass EN 13501-1 fire-rating standard. It has a subtle satin finish and its PVC coating offers excellent durability, while the no-show-through grey back ensures that users can create striking feature walls and murals. As it is a one-piece wallcovering, artwork creation is simplified, as it requires just one print-run and thus helps to minimise waste during installation.

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