This week we have begun to prepare the ground adjacent to the Museum’s vehicular entrance in readiness for the construction of our exciting new Gateway Project buildings.
From 20 July 2015, the two historic buildings that previously housed our café and café seating (the Medieval house from Sole Street and the wagon shed from Pallingham Quay) will be painstakingly dismantled.
After dismantling, the timbers of these buildings will move to our workshop, where they will be carefully conserved.
It is our intention to re-erect these two building to new sites within the Museum’s grounds, where they will be interpreted and available as new exhibits for our visitors to enjoy.
This work will provide fantastic opportunities for trainees and volunteers to be directly involved with conservation work, sharing and developing invaluable heritage skills during the process.
Impact on visitors’ enjoyment of the Museum will be minimal due to the careful nature of the dismantling process. The work will provide an excellent opportunity for interested parties to view dismantling and conservation in action.
It is anticipated that the dismantling will be complete by mid-December 2015. The construction of the Museum’s new Gateway Project buildings is currently due to begin in early 2016.
About the Gateway Project
The Gateway Project is our most ambitious project to date and will form much more than simply a new entrance to the Museum. It will provide new gateways to learning, participation and activities, as well as forming a gateway to the South Downs National Park.
The Gateway Project will totally transform the way in which visitors experience the Museum from the moment they first arrive.
The project buildings comprise two clusters of buildings by the Museum’s millpond, providing an enticing vista as people arrive, with a welcoming central courtyard and a layout designed to meet the needs of the Museum’s diverse range of visitors.
In addition, the re-configured car park and a new driveway will make much better use of the existing area – including disabled access and coach parking – and create a safer environment for pedestrians.
The project also aims to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of travel by its visitors, including walking, cycling and public transport.
To find out more, including how you can donate towards the Gateway Project, visit the project’s web page.