- Hillcrest Mining Disaster -
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
- Hillcrest Mining Disaster -

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster in 1914, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre asked NGX to tell the story of Canada’s worst mining disaster through a unique interactive exhibit. The exhibit consists of a multi-touch screen embedded into a vintage desk from 1914 and tells the heartbreaking story of the Disaster through the eyes of Chief Mine Inspector Stirling and members of the community of Hillcrest.

The software interface was meticulously designed to resemble the top-down view of Inspector Stirling’s desk, complete with an inkwell and fountain pen, stamp pad, safety lamp, pieces of coal, and cup of coffee – all of which animate in response to touch and immerse the visitor in the scene. Featured prominently on the desktop are three elements that act as key entry points into the exhibit’s content: a stack of newspapers, a scrapbook, and an inquiries clipboard. Each of these elements encourages further exploration through the use of pop-out notes, flippable pages, detailed maps, hand-written letters, expandable photographs, telegraph messages, and historical documents. Visitors are encouraged to explore content freely and at their own pace as they piece together the story of the Disaster.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with NGX – their team delivered a high level of technical skills and a tremendous amount of creativity all while meeting the requirements of budget and schedule. ”

Darla Rowbotham, Exhibit Designer, Historic Sites & Museums, Alberta Culture