Museum News

Gateway Project update

By 15 December 2016January 26th, 2021No Comments

The past few weeks has seen the Museum site become a hive of activity as work progresses on all aspects of the Gateway Project.



The green oak timber frame in the new shop and reception looks spectacular and the general light and open feel created by the extensive glazing will give visitors a wonderful first impression.

The roof work will be completed early in the New Year and the use of traditional and contemporary materials works well with the contrasts of the Keymer tiles, chestnut shakes and zinc.

The 56,000 chestnut shakes have taken much longer than anticipated to fit, but look very impressive and are possibly the largest number used on a roof span in the country.


Other works

Work will be commencing on the fit out of the interiors from late January onwards. The re-landscaping, repair and lining of the mill pond and mill race is all happening and will be completed by February.

It was decided to take out the island as part of the re-landscaping to open up the splendid vistas across the pond to the Museum and beyond. Floating pontoons and the enlarged northern embankment will provide new habitats for wildlife.


Medieval house from Sole Street

The re-erection of our medieval house from Sole Street began with “raising the frame” in June 2016, overseen by Museum Carpenter-in-Residence, Joe Thompson.

This Heritage Lottery Funded project has been ongoing throughout the summer and autumn. All of the walls have now been wattled, daubed and lime washed, the roofing is now complete and we have begun to lay the brick pavers on the floor.


Next steps

The next few months are going to be extremely busy with the Gateway buildings projected to be open for Easter. We look forward to this very exciting new chapter in the story of the Museum.

Until next time

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with the next stages of our Gateway Project, so visit our website regularly and sign up for our monthly newsletter for project updates.