Douglas Bolton AV

Audio visual

Tel. +44 (0)7540 834367

Clients and Projects

  • Alnwick Garden Visitor Centre
  • Baxters Fochabers
  • BBC Scotland Pacific Quay, Glasgow
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Caithness Horizons, Thurso
  • Cardhu Distillery
  • Cusworth Hall, Doncaster
  • Derry Armada Museum
  • Dewars World of Whisky, Aberfeldy
  • Discovery Point, Dundee
  • Edale Moorland Centre
  • Edinburgh City Arts Centre
  • Falkirk Wheel Boat Tour
  • Forest Enterprise
  • Glenmore Forest Enterprise
  • Queen’s View
  • Forres Museum
  • Glen Keith Distillery / Passport Experience
  • Glenfiddich Distillery
  • Glenkinchie Distillery
  • Glenlivet Distillery
  • Glenturret Distillery / Famous Grouse Experience
  • HBOS Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh
  • Henry VIII Dressed to Kill Tower of London
  • Highland Park Distillery
  • Historic Scotland Arbroath Abbey
  • Historic Scotland Edinburgh Castle
  • Historic Scotland Skara Brae
  • Historic Scotland Stanley Mills
  • Historic Scotland Stirling Castle
  • Inveraray Gaol
  • Jersey Zoo Visitor Centre
  • Manchester United FC Museum
  • Manchester Museum of Science & Industry 1830 Warehouse
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Playfair Project
  • National Library of Scotland Festival Exhibitions
  • National Library of Scotland John Murray Archive
  • National Trust for Scotland Bannockburn
  • National Trust for Scotland Culloden Visitor Centre
  • National Trust for Scotland Glencoe
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • National War Museum Scotland
  • New Lanark Leap Theatre
  • New Lanark People & Cotton
  • NMS Museum of Flight Concorde Exhibition
  • Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh
  • Perth Concert Hall Threshold
  • Pictavia Brechin
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Royal Lochangar Distillery
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh
  • Scottish Mining Museum
  • Scottish Museum of Lighthouses
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Scottish Parliament Exhibitions
  • Scottish Piping Centre, Glasgow
  • Scottish Power, Cruachan
  • Scottish Storytelling Centre
  • Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Shropshire
  • St Andrews Museum
  • St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall
  • Strathisla Distillery
  • Summerlee Industrial Heritage
  • Tyne & Wear Museums
  • Ullapool Museum
  • Verdant Works, Dundee
  • Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
  • Vikingar Largs

1978 – 1979

Audio Visual Technician, Teaching Research Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh General technician duties including provision of mobile AV equipment to lecture rooms, conferences etc; operating AV facilities in lecture theatres, training rooms, and cinemas; video production & editing for educational television.

1979 – 1982

Audio Visual Technician, Audio Visual Services, University of Edinburgh Similar duties to my previous post at WGH, plus service and bench repair work to component level. The University became a major venue for international conferences, which increased my involvement in facility operation for high-level presenters and delegates, particularly during summer months. Video as a teaching medium was gaining in popularity and by the end of my time at AVS most of my time was dedicated to the operation of studio & OB cameras, studio lighting, audio & video editing, multiple tape dubbing etc. Education: During my employment at WGH and AVS, I attended college on a day-release basis where I studied for an HND in Electronic Engineering.

1982 – Oct 2004

In 1981 my father left his previous AV business and started Audio Visual Consultants [AVC]. By mid-1982 the business was expanding and I joined to add a technical capability to the small team. As in most small, family-run businesses the role was multi-disciplined mixing repair, installation, rental, technical support, operational training and more. As the business grew, sales, engineering and admin personnel were added. My role progressed from engineering to system specification & sales. By now AVC was the leading AV installer in Scotland and a specialist in the Leisure sector. In 2000 I became Senior Partner in AVC, which numbered 25 full-time employees and had a turnover in excess of £2.5m.

Oct 2004 – June 2009

In October 2004, AVC was acquired by the Electrosonic Group and operated as a wholly owned division of Electrosonic Limited. I took the role of Divisional Manager, with responsibility for the overall performance of the three main business activities – Sales, Engineering, Service.

July 2009 - Present

I chose to leave Electrosonic’s employment and start my own consultancy business. My amicable departure from Electrosonic was at the end of June 2009. During the twenty-odd years that I was with AVC/Electrosonic I attended numerous product training courses, technology awareness sessions and seminars. I continue to maintain close contact with industry professionals, learning about new technologies and attending events such as Integrated Systems Europe.

I also hold certificates in Health & Safety, Risk Assessment and Human Resource Management.