100 year old Museum Refurbishment

Lottery Funded Refurbishment of West Berkshire Museum


Since 1904 the Berkshire town of Newbury has been the home the the West Berkshire Museum. Housed in two of Newbury's oldest buildings, the cloth hall and the corn store, the site dates back to the early 1600's and has been used as a museum for the last 100 years.

In April 2009 the museum was restricted to opening just two of its ground floor galleries due to Health and Safety concerns regarding fire issues. These combined with other general problems relating to the age of the building led to an approach to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enquire about a refurbishment grant.

In 2013, with a £1.2m Heritage Lottery grant, work began on a major refurbishment of the museum. This refurbishment will allow the opening of 10 new galleries and a new link from older historic buildings to a new visitors facility. All of this new space allows for the museum to display 1000's of new artifacts that previously had no space to be displayed. During the refurbishment the interior has been design so that the building and the artifacts are projected from damage, yet have a view that is as unrestricted as possible.- for this a vast majority of the new museum exhibits will be behind floor to ceiling glass partition. This allows for the required levels of both view and protection.

ESG Product Supplied: Partitions and Doors

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