About Us

Blue Tokay is an exhibitions company specialising in the display of natural history.    

We  have a portfolio of touring exhibitions which you can hire.  These range in size from single-cased displays to larger exhibitions of up to 300 square feet. 

Working with the client, we can also design and build bespoke displays for permanent galleries.


Nicola Newton BSc MA AMA

Nicola has worked in museums since 2002.  She obtained a Museums Studies Masters from Newcastle University and achieved AMA status (Associate of the Museums Association - Professional Qualification) in 2010.  Nicola has worked on a wide range of exhibitions from installation of arts-based exhibits in a dedicated gallery to playing a vital role in the refurbishment of The Great North Museum - Hancock.  She has a large portfolio of exhibitions experience including live animal displays, large taxidermy works, AV and text production, and installation of set work displays.

With experience of working with a varied team including contractors, designers, graphic designers, media, learning and access teams and management, Nicola has a proven track record of developing successful exhibitions within a variety of environments.

Pip Strang BSc PgDip PhD

After leaving university Pip researched for her PhD at The Natural History Museum in London. Working alongside curators and collections, it was there that Pip developed a great passion for natural history collections and their use in exhibitions.

After gaining her diploma in Museums Studies at Newcastle University in 2005 Pip worked as a Natural History curator at the Yorkshire Museum. Until leaving to set up Blue Tokay Ltd with Nicola she worked on many natural history and science based exhibitions.  This included Ice Age and the 2010 Yorkshire Museum refurbishment project exhibition Extinct: A Way of Life. In other exhibitions she has combined natural history and archaeology to look at the wildlife around the medieval Abbey of St Mary’s, York; and, working with the Decorative Arts curator at the York Art Gallery, developed two exhibitions of natural history and ceramics aimed particularly at the Early Years audience.