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  • 16th December 2016

    The vision for the jail is to return this much understated heritage asset of national importance to its’ former glory, and in so doing make it a leading visitor attraction, venue, hotel and teaching facility for local schools and universities, that gives back to Bodmin, Cornwall and the UK.

    Mallino Development Ltd has engaged a consultant team consisting of Twelve Architects, Sarner International, Montagu Evans, Arup, Turner & Townsend, and Astute Fire to prepare proposals for the alteration, extension and change of use of the Grade II listed buildings at Bodmin Jail.

    The plans retain and enhance the unique atmosphere and sense of history that exists in the ruins. The derelict cell blocks of the jail will house the hotel accommodation and part of the museum. A glazed roof to the hotel atrium retains the magical natural lighting qualities of the ruin. The proposed design for the hotel rooms will retain the rich colours and textures of the stone that have over time been revealed and weathered creating a unique and special place.


    Under the proposals, an exciting ‘Dark Walk’ experience will set the scene for visitors to appreciate the Jail’s vivid stories. A state of the art, automated theatrical space, will use the latest technology with a range of scenic sets, films and projections. The experience will re-create and immerse the visitor in the history of the building and the experience of what it was like to be in Bodmin Jail in the 18th & 19th Centuries.

    The existing Governors Hall will remain as the central venue and restaurant space.

    The team held a public consultation event on the 28th & 29th October at the Jail as part of the design and planning application process.

  • 8th August 2016
    25th anniversary of the Glacier Museum, Norway

    HD 1920-0016We have recently attended the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Glacier Museum in Norway.

    It is also 25 years since we installed our first exhibit, a glacier ice cave which is still there today.

    June 2016 represented the 25th anniversary of when Her Majesty Queen Sonja opened the doors to the Norwegian Glacier Museum, and since then 1.42 million guests have paid a visit. The Trust receives no funding so the only income they receive is from ticket sales generated from visitors to the Museum.

    The Museum in Fjaerland has had 25 years of continuous operation and is perhaps the most successful visitor attraction in the country.

  • 18th May 2016

    We would like to offer a very warm welcome to Magda Mazouzi who joined us 2 months ago. Magda is our architectural Assistant and is currently working on a top secret project in Normandy. Magda studied architecture in Algeria and is a fully qualified architect with five years’ experience in retail design and housing projects. She’s been living in the UK for 2 years. Magda enjoys visiting museums and exhibitions and likes to keep up with any technologies in architecture. We are delighted to have her at Sarner and can’t wait to tell you about the projects that she’s working on but for now they’re a little hush hush…

    We would also like to welcome our newest staff member Mollie Bishop who joined us two weeks ago. Mollie was running Price Studios in Battersea and has been appointed as Project Manager to work alongside Ed Cookson, our Projects Director. Mollie has a production background and comes with over 10 years of experience in the film industry. When she’s not juggling projects at Sarner she tends to be running around after her 2 young children.

  • 6th April 2016

    Following the overwhelming success of Enduring Eye at London’s Royal Geographical Society, the exhibition will open this Friday in Manchester as the first venue in a UK tour. Having designed and delivered the original, Sarner was again selected by the RGS to adapt the exhibition into a touring version.

  • 23rd December 2015

    This Saturday 21 November, exactly 100 years to the day that Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance sank stranding  him and his crew on the vast Antarctic ice floes, our latest exhibition opens in London’s Royal Geographical Society to celebrate their remarkable journey back to safety. The RGS commissioned Sarner to design and deliver an exhibition that features the stunning images taken by Shackleton’s official expedition photographer Frank Hurley, and saved by him under the most extreme circumstances. You can find visiting details here.

  • 7th October 2015

    The Sarner team have been busy out in Gozo, Malta filming content for a new visitor attraction to be launched soon. Having delivered the overall design for the audiovisual experience we are currently overseeing all aspects of the production, build and install, from the AV Hardware, Furniture and Graphics to the Lighting, Interactives and Film Content. We are aiming to deliver an immersive exhibition and show that will transport audiences through time, enabling them to experience the rich history, stories and characters of Gozo. Launching soon…