You are probably fed up with pictures of foundations so I will only include a few this week. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the steel (due on Tuesday now). The museum is now hidden behind graphics showing some of the objects that will be out on display when we reopen next summer. If you have been walking past you might have seen me, Sam and Adam scraping the old vinyl lettering off the windows to make them more visible – its amazing how diverse a museum curator’s job can be!
As I have said before, the extension will include a new Social History Gallery, and the project also enables us to redisplay the Undersea World. Other parts of the current museum displays will have to wait for another project before they can be improved, but we are taking the opportunity to make some repairs.
One example is the lighting effects in the archaeology displays, which haven’t worked for at least 10 years (in fact I am the only member of staff who has ever seen them in action). This week Mark and Alastair from Leslietec, a local AV company based at Chivenor, have been installing a new computer-controlled lighting system that will make the gallery much more interesting. I’ll save the details for another post, but here is Mark doing his best to work in the very tight space behind the archaeology displays.
Work is continuing at the Pop-Up museum as we continue collecting stories about living in North Devon in the 20th and 21st centuries. Sadie’s story collecting team has moved onto the House and Home theme, digging out some objects from our collections that might inspire you to remember what life was like before the internet, and before the current level of labour-saving domestic equipment.
The book that is on display here is the “Barnstaple Book of Cookery”. This was a collection of local recipes, contributed by local ladies, which was published in aid of the Mayor’s Samaritan Fund in 1914. It would be great if we could try out some of these recipes and maybe sell them in our Tea Room when we reopen next year!