Our Lottery Fund for Heritage project is creating our new building and Social History Gallery, but there is only a small amount of money for sorting out the existing displays. We are worried that the old galleries will look very tired compared with the new spaces, and we have taken the opportunity to take out … Continue reading 45: Tidying up in the museum
You may have noticed that I am terribly behind on these updates and wishing that I had never said they would be created every week! We are now up to the end of April, when some of our volunteers and donors had the opportunity to have a look at progress. Site manager Mark explains the … Continue reading 44: A look around the site
One of the important parts of our new extension is the new Learning Room upstairs. For the first time we will be able to talk to a whole class of children in one space, and the room will also be available for booking by outside groups such as the North Devon Archaeological Society. It will … Continue reading 40: IKEA saves the day!
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 38: Exploring the coast
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 36: On shops…
As part of our Heritage Lottery funded project we have created a new website for the Museum. It's been a long time coming, and its not completely perfect yet, but it is up and running, ready to be the public face of the new extended museum when we reopen in summer 2019. It all started … Continue reading 24: Our new website
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 22: It never rains but it pours…
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 20: Taz’s tiles
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 19: On bricks and bricklaying
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 16: The Steel Arrives!