We are in the initial stages of planning an exciting redevelopment - our first since the Museum moved into its current premises over 50 years ago! In May 2019 we recruited a Redevelopment Manager, David Rounce, to take us through the process. Our objective over the next three years is to fully redevelop the Museum, protecting and maximising the potential of the buildings and collection while contributing to the sustainability of the organisation.
Our redevelopment will:
• Improve accessibility and interpretation of the historic cottages and collections, replacing life-expired exhibitions and enclosing the current external display area (constructed in the 1970s) to develop new climate-controlled visitor reception and exhibition spaces.
• Re-roof and convert a byre outbuilding into a Community Exhibition Gallery, creating space for meetings/research/craft demonstrations while enabling schools and local groups to produce their own displays in museum-standard conditions. This will allow a regular programme of events, activities and changing exhibitions to be scheduled..
• Install an accessible visitor/staff toilet; eliminating a current barrier to visitor dwell time, group bookings and volunteer recruitment.
• Increase our gift shop space.
• Recruit a learning specialist to devise an education and outreach programme to engage the community with the Museum.
• Recruit exhibition specialists to create modern displays, improving the interpretation of the Museum’s stories and allowing more of the collection to be displayed to correct environmental standards.
Watch this space - and check out our Social Media and Blog pages for updates!