Museum appoints designers and consultants

Salisbury Museum is delighted to announce that we have appointed designers and heritage consultants to help us move forward with our redevelopment plans. Earlier this year the Museum was successful with a round I bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and was awarded a grant of £87,400 to work up our proposals for the redevelopment of our archaeology gallery. The Museum is aiming to submit a round II bid to the HLF in 2011 to secure £1.5 million towards the costs of the new gallery.

To develop the designs for the new Archaeology of Wessex Gallery the Museum has appointed Metaphor, the master planners, architects and exhibition designers. The Museum also needs to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the HLF round II bid and has selected Atkins Heritage, one of the UK’s leading heritage consultancies, to prepare the plan.

Metaphor produced the masterplan for Salisbury Museum in 2009, but faced stiff competition from three other design companies to secure the contract for the Archaeology of Wessex Gallery. Metaphor have a very impressive CV, ranging from their well known work at the Ashmolean, to smaller projects such as the refurbishment of the Museum of the Order of St John. Salisbury Museum was impressed with Metaphor’s proposals for the gallery space, which included an imaginative approach to the treatment of a timeline that linked the prehistoric period with the antiquarians and archaeologists who made the discoveries.

With regards to the Conservation Management Plan the Museum was impressed with the experience of the Atkins team. Atkins Heritage have undertaken Conservation Management Plans for sites as diverse as Leicester Castle and the Avebury World Heritage Site. Their principal Heritage Consultant, Lucy Markham, has recently led the production of a Conservation Management Plan for Tate Britain. Salisbury Museum believes that Atkins will bring a fresh approach to the understanding of the King’s House and its unique setting. We also hope they will produce a plan that will challenge and inform the implementation of the Metaphor masterplan.

Finally, to assist at the Museum over the next year as we develop our plans the Museum has appointed Maureen La Frenais to the post of Visitor Services Officer. Previously Maureen worked for the RNLI, most recently as Display and Interpretation Manager, so brings a wealth of experience to the Museum to help improve the visitor experience and our management of volunteers.

For further details about the Heritage Lottery Fund see www.hlf.org.uk
For further details about Metaphor see www.mphor.co.uk
For futher details about Atkins Heritage see www.atkinsglobal.com/areas_of_business/landscape_and_heritage/