Bristol Museums and SLX Highlight Seven Decades of Sound


Lighting, rigging, audio and video providers SLX has a long standing relationship working with Bristol Museums for equipment hire and live events and have supplied AV and lighting support for an exhibition titled Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound.


Bristol Museums, who are locally known for driving imaginative new exhibitions, developed concept plans and set out the initial themes for the spaces need in this exhibition. They then brought in SLX to propose creative ways that AV and lighting equipment would help add value to deliver an outstanding ‘experiential’ exhibition for their visitors.  The exhibition, which has decade booths spanning Bristol’s musical history presented a challenge in that they needed to ensure audio clarity in each booth whilst not bleeding into the next. To counter this SLX supplied directional speakers with an acoustic curtain to contain any spill.

Ryan Stromski, Business Development Manager at SLX says: “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in such an exciting and creative idea and it’s the sort of project we excel at. With the exhibition being on the doorstep of our Bristol Head Office we cherish being able to continue our relationship with the local organisation and wider community.”

SLX also supplied the DJ area, which the public can freely interact with, including a high power active PA system controlled by a digital audio interface. There is also a dynamic live music room with playback screens featuring bands playing at iconic local venues such as the Louisiana, Fleece and The Tunnels to name a few. The club section also provides another interesting interactive element and SLX were asked to provide a large subwoofer, filtered to ultra-low frequency to allow exhibition goers the chance to experience the thud of the bass whilst going to the loo in a club!

Becky Peters, Senior Officer, Exhibitions & Events at Bristol Museums said: “SLX has been fantastic in adapting to our budget needs and flexible with the scope of the exhibition as it has developed.  This is the first occasion that we have had an AV partner on board in this capacity.  The result is we have a higher quality product which adds extra dimension in terms of atmosphere which we would not be able to achieve in-house with our resourcing.  So far we are receiving excellent feedback about the exhibition, which SLX played a central part in helping us to achieve.”

Bristol Music: Seven Decades of Sound Exhibition is at the M Shed from the 19 May until 30 September 2018.