Octagon Gallery


November 2012

The Octagon Gallery is a unique new exhibition space for staff, students and visitors to University College London.

Sitting below the famous landmark dome, glass showcases display treasures from across the University's collections.

Interactive labels

Clay developed interactive 'digital label rails' to display object labels for the current exhibition, and allow visitors to access additional information about the objects they are most interested in.

The system dynamically adjusts its layout across the screens to ensure best use of space and support for almost any media, including video and several forms of interactive 3D, allow complex ideas to be communicated more easily.

The software tracks visitor usage and feedback, and the content can be updated at any time by gallery staff using a comprehensive content management system, which also manages the development of the next exhibition.


Dynamic animations are projected above the display cases in the Octagon Gallery at UCL. Clay developed dynamic exhibition animations and occasional 'surprise' animations that play around the 360-degree space. Exhibition content in the projections can be edited by gallery staff.

Exhibition management system

Clay created an exhibition and content management system to control the software running in the new Octagon Gallery at UCL.

The user-friendly system allows gallery staff and exhibition curators to collaborate on forthcoming exhibitions and edit live exhibitions at any time. Preview features allow content to be fully checked before going live.

Exhibition Designers:
Land Design Studio