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Sssensational sssuccess of Sssnakes Alive!


Feb 28, 2015 #Durham

Nicola Newton and Pip StrangDurham-based company Blue Tokay, which provided the displays for the Sssnakes Alive! exhibition at Liverpool’s World Museum, is celebrating its outstanding success and fantastic visitor numbers.


The exhibition, which opened in September last year, has surpassed visitor targets, with over 200,000 people coming through the doors. It recently ended its run following a highly successful half term week.


Blue Tokay, which specialises in the display of natural history, offers specimen-based touring exhibitions, permanent displays and curatorial services anywhere in the UK. The service aims to help museums run new and exciting exhibitions without the worry of costs, such as buying specimens, display cases and post-exhibition storage. The company’s wide-ranging portfolio of exhibitions can be hired on a monthly basis with end-to-end management of the displays.


Blue Tokay provided fifteen exhibits and worked with National Museums Liverpool to create additional content, along with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which included a Burmese python skeleton, a red spitting cobra and striking photography from around the world. National Museums Liverpool also arranged for live specimens, audio visual and interactive elements to feature in the exhibition, plus child-friendly activities.


Nicola Newton and Pip Strang, both of whom were previously museum curators, set up the company to help museums attract visitors with new exhibitions.


Co-founders Nicola and Pip said: “We are delighted that Sssnakes Alive! – our first touring exhibition – has been such a sensational success at the World Museum, and we hope that visitors found it informative and most of all enjoyable.


“It was a fantastic experience for us to work alongside National Museums Liverpool to bring this exhibition to life. We are looking forward not only to taking Sssnakes Alive! to other museums across the UK, but also to working on new exhibitions to inspire the public to reconnect with science and nature.”


Blue Tokay has a wide-ranging portfolio of exhibitions that can be hired on a monthly basis. The portfolio includes larger exhibitions and individual cases that can be tailored to suit the size of the gallery space, supported by learning materials.


Annie Lord from National Museums Liverpool said:Sssnakes Alive! was really popular and we are thrilled with the excellent visitor numbers achieved. The intricate skeletons and details of the snakes on display really captured the imagination of visitors, and this has been key to the exhibition’s success.


“Nicola and Pip at Blue Tokay were a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with them on future touring exhibitions.”


For more information on Blue Tokay, please visit www.bluetokay.co.uk

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