The diverse history of rugby in South Africa
The Springbok Museum was created to effectively portray the diverse history of rugby in South Africa and located in Cape Town, South Africa. Commissioned by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and designed by one of the world’s leading sports museum design practices Mather & Co. The museum was shortlisted for the International Museum of the Year Award in the UK’s Museum + Heritage Awards in 2014.
An array of interactive games
Guests are treated to an array of interactive games in the entrance lobby, including kicking, passing, and fitness trials. The first floor houses the exhibitions, and the narrative journey covers the entire history of rugby in South Africa starting in the 1800’s and weaving its way through the highs and lows of Springbok rugby, including segregation, international boycotts, finding its way back to the highlights of the 1996 World Cup. The visit concludes with an emotive multi-screen film.
From a bare shell to a world-class exhibition
The Springbok Experience required Digital Fabric to deliver a turnkey solution. Having worked closely with Mather & Co on Sa Breweries’ World of Beer project, we had a strong working relationship, and together we effectively took this project from a bare shell to a world-class exhibition. Digital Fabric took the design drawings to build stage and implemented the entire build including display cases, graphics, and structural supports. On the technology side, we designed and installed all audio-visual and lighting systems (over 80 film and interactive points) and designed several bespoke electro-mechanical interactives. Working closely with Mather & Co and the SARU curators, we handled all of the objects, display case layout, dressing and mount making. No small task given that the 360+ object list included the Currie Cup, the Webb-Ellis Trophy, personal items from Joost van der Westhuizen, John Smit and Francois Pienaar as well as many blazers and caps dating back more than a century.