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Art Heritage Trail

Port Talbot company behind state of the art heritage trail at Parc Y Scarlets

Port Talbot based, Audio Visual Specialist, Blackbox av has installed a state of the art heritage trail to showcase the rich and illustrious history of the Scarlets.

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The Heritage Trail, located in the Scarlets’ new stadium, Parc Y Scarlets, consists of a series of visual exhibits which help transform the stadium concourse from a match day venue to an informative heritage trail. Within the foyer a welcome screen helps to promote the trail, displaying its opening times and ticket prices. Ambient lights have been installed to create a red halo of lighting around the display cabinets whilst six large drop down screens offer a graphical timeline and mark the centre of the heritage trail.

In the changing rooms a three button audio point provides anecdotes from past players as they reminisce about their time at Scarlets, including Phil Bennett and J J Williams, as well as a recording of a rousing locker room speech from Welsh rugby legend Carwyn James.  

Established in 2010, Port Talbot based Blackbox av has quickly expanded and now has a client base that includes The National Trust and English Heritage sites, as well as many UK museums. Their work has also seen them export to numerous locations around the world, with a particularly strong client base in Scandinavia, New Zealand and the USA; as a result they have recently moved to new premises in Baglan Bay Energy Park.

David Knight, Director of Blackbox av said: “We are delighted to work with the Scarlets on a project such as this. They have a fantastic history and it was an honour to bring some of their past glories back to life, using modern and cutting edge audio visual technology.”

He was also quick to praise the support of Neath Port Talbot Council, who were integral in their expansion, attracting a £10,000 Local Investment Fund (LIF) grant: “Neath Port Talbot Council has been very helpful, providing us with a great deal of help and assistance, particularly with help to fund the purchase and fitout of a new head office for us to operate from. The Council’s Business Development team provide fantastic support to young, dynamic companies in the region and are extremely helpful in terms of giving advice.’

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: ‘It’s great to have such a successful company as Blackbox av working in Neath Port Talbot. Their innovative work, is now in demand across the world and it’s great they have chosen Neath Port Talbot as its base of operations. We were delighted to offer the help and assistance they needed and hope to work with more companies like Blackbox av in the future.’

Phil Bennett, President of the Scarlets added: ‘We have a fantastic history at Llanelli Scarlets. With the new Heritage Trail, fans, both young and old will be able to hear all the stories from our past, including our famous defeat of the All Blacks in 1972. Blackbox av have been essential in bringing this all to life.’

A second phase of development at the heritage Trail is also underway, which when complete,  will see a multi touch kiosk system packed full of archived club history installed; where visitors will be able to browse archived media of photographs, video and audio covering past players, the historical shirt designs and plenty of other Scarlets information. Finally, a cinema area will be created where a mixture of historical video footage can be displayed.

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