This week things really got moving! Preparation had already taken place, mostly to create access to the building site area. The builders have taken down a section of the listed garden railings and stored them for reinstatement later. This means they can get bigger machines round the back of the museum building.
The second important job to do before demolishing the yard was to scaffold the front facade of the coach house – this will stay in place as the new extension is built behind it. We discovered how bad our water pressure is as each one of the huge water tanks that are ballasting the scaffolding against the wind took over 3 hours to fill!
The original coach house windows have been taken out to keep them safe and scaffolding inside the facade is keeping them secure.
So by Tuesday 10th of July we were ready to demolish the tin roof in the yard. This flimsy structure was put in to protect the 2000+ boxes of excavated archaeology stored there, and took no time at all to pull down – you can a video of the process on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BarumMuseum/videos/1882538448472589/
Over the course of the week the garden walls, chimney and the office over the carriage entrance all disappeared! The museum felt a bit exp
osed because the site hoardings had not gone up yet, so people walking over the bridge and along the window have had a fantastic view of the work in progress.
Meanwhile, we have been getting on with other parts of the project. On Monday our deisgner Jeff Bellingham came to meet Paula and Nicola form Coastwise, the marine conservation group that organises seashore safaris and helps people learn about our unique marine environment. They are helping us with our redisplay of the Undersea World gallery – we want to keep the atmosphere of the old one while also providing more opportunities for people to learn about and wonder at our natural coastal heritage.
On Friday ceramic artist Taz Pollard came into the Pop-Up museum to meet people who want to contribute to the design of the terracotta tiles that will decorate the outside of the new extension. We have been looking at our collections of Brannam Pottery and Shapland and Petter furniture collections for inspiration, and the initial ideas are looking really good. The project is funded by the Arts Council, and I will tell you much more about it as it progresses.