Week 38: Exploring the coast

Back in Week 8 I wrote about our new Coast Explorers Gallery which is replacing the old, but very popular Undersea World.  The structure of the gallery is now all in place, and we are finalising the graphics. The displays will enable people to find out more about the important marine and coastal habitats that … Continue reading Week 38: Exploring the coast

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Week 36: On shops…

One of the aims of our extension project is to earn a bit more money from the 75,000 or so visitors we hope will be coming to the museum each year.  We have no intention of charging people to come into the museum because we think that we are at least as much a community … Continue reading Week 36: On shops…

Week 22: It never rains but it pours…

We had a minor setback last week, when our Fire Alarm went off at 6.30 on Saturday morning.  We feared the worst, as so many terrible things happen during building works - remember the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter just two years ago?  Fortunately it turned out not to be the builders' fault, but our … Continue reading Week 22: It never rains but it pours…

Week 20: Taz’s tiles

Those of you who follow our Facebook page will already know that this week we took some of our volunteers to see how work is progressing on the terracotta tile frieze that will run around the outside of our new wing. This is ceramic artist Taz Pollard demonstrating the amount of energy needed to fill … Continue reading Week 20: Taz’s tiles

Week 19: On bricks and bricklaying

This week saw a significant milestone in our build - the laying of the first brick.  We were delighted that Keith Abraham was able to come along and do this for us, using a silver trowel he found in his collection.  We will get the trowel engraved to mark the occasion. https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/museum-extension-first-brick-1-5768956 Now work is … Continue reading Week 19: On bricks and bricklaying

Week 16: The Steel Arrives!

After many weeks watching men dig holes, at last the steel has arrived.  Now we can see the shape and the scale of the structure we are building. On Tuesday 16th we found the Square had been occupied by possibly the biggest crane in North Devon.  Shortly after that a lorry full of steel girders … Continue reading Week 16: The Steel Arrives!

Week 15: Time for an update

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 … Continue reading Week 15: Time for an update

Week 13: Unlucky for some?

It's 13 weeks into the build and we have a new site manager.  Mark Jordan (he's the one on the right) has replaced Clive, who had to leave for family reasons.  He was quite disappointed to leave us, as this is one of the first Barnstaple sites he has been responsible for and he live … Continue reading Week 13: Unlucky for some?

Week 12: 30 years ago…

As we wait for the foundations to be finished and the steel to arrive (and oh! what a long wait it seems) I have been looking back at the Museum recent history.  The last time any major work was done to our building was in 1988-9 when the Council bought the old Athenaeum and began … Continue reading Week 12: 30 years ago…