The New Zealand Maritime Museum is located on Hobson Wharf, a pier in Auckland's glittering harbour.
The Museum embodies much that is the key to the nature of this small island nation – tracing the earliest arrivals of voyaging Polynesians through to the stories of European immigration and contemporary maritime activity.
From the rich history of coastal shipping, to contemporary recreational activities such as yachting and beach holiday activities, from life-saving to surfing and fishing, the Museum is a varied mix of contextual, re-created environments and interactive maritime displays.
Before founding Magian Design Studio, Gillian Chaplin was the Director of Public Programs at the Museum. She served on the team that established, designed and built Hobson Wharf, which opened in 1992. Gillian was responsible for researching oral history, as well as recording and producing site specific oral history recordings. She also produced two multi-screen audio visual theatre programs and numerous video programs showing historic footage.
Les Gilbert recorded sound on location around the Pacific and New Zealand and produced rich aural material for soundscapes that inform all exhibits in the Museum. The technical and software system to deliver and distribute the soundscapes was designed and implemented by Magian. The project uses the Magian DiAC System for the delivery of all audio in the Museum.
NZ National Maritime Museum
Auckland, New Zealand