Cyclone Tracy Exhibit

A Tragic Moment In Australian History Remembered Using The Best In Display And Design Technologies

The Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) required an update to their existing ‘Cyclone Tracy Exhibition’ to not only bring the latest interactive digital display technology into the Museum but also to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the cyclone’s tragic path to hit Darwin on Christmas Day, 1974. The 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy is described to be an opportunity to reflect on the Northern Territory’s resilience and community spirit, as well as how far Darwin has come since the cyclone hit.

Diversified was commissioned to roll out an interactive digital display system and create the content for this milestone exhibition with a deadline of six weeks from commencement.

The scope of work included two specific technology deliverables which would need to be custom designed and delivered to suit a museum environment. This included a 47-inch interactive touch screen that would be wall-mounted and a 55-inch custom-made interactive table/touch screen.

The touch screen content covers six interactive areas and elements including a custom-programmed search engine to search for all individual and family evacuees of the cyclone, as well as those who were unfortunately lost in the tragedy; ‘Born in Tracy’s Eye’ – a retelling of a family’s experience when they gave birth in the middle of the storm; and the details around the destruction of the community, but also the strong spirit that drove it to recover and grow.

The interactive table features a map of the Territory coast to show where the cyclone formed, and take visitors through the cyclone’s path using radar images across the four, destructive days. It also features a ‘Then and Now’ photo comparison to show buildings and places before and after the storm.

This project highlights Diversified’s expertise in digital content creation and information management, particularly in interactive digital content and art for exhibition venues.