Our HLF funded project is in full whack!
But what’s going on behind those boards and how is the project going to affect your visit?
The stable yard.
The stable yard is the part of the museum visitors won’t have seen before, used until now as storage and a space for the gardeners. The gardeners now have a purpose built HQ right at the top of the garden and the 18th Century buildings are currently being conserved and adapted for a new lease of life. In spring you will enter through the stable yard and find a great café, shop and brewhouse.
The first thing was to demolish the dilapidated 20th Century classroom, which once served as our Field Studies Centre. This will make room for an extension of a new café which will look out onto the gardens.
Throughout the year small renovations have affected the house; in January we temporarily moved our shop so that the room could be prepared to be an exhibition space in 2018. A sneak peak of what the room might look like also appeared with our new display case which is currently showing never seen before artefacts from all three of our collections.
Currently scaffolding is up against part of the front of the house, the Old Kitchen is also out of action as we are working to renovate the room, to include facilities so we can have live demonstrations in the future. Some of you may have noticed that last month the Gilbert White Room (at the top of the stairs) was closed, the work in there has now finished. This summer we are working hard to ensure that our project doesn’t affect your visit, but as the nights draw in you might start to notice more.
Towards the end of September we will unfortunately be losing the Tea Parlour, as we start preparing to move to our new café across the yard. The current Tea Parlour will be the first room you enter in the new layout of the Museum and will introduce Gilbert White and The Oates and explain the odd partnership.
In November, the Frank Oates Gallery will be temporarily closed while we build a whole new exhibition. Keep your eyes open for more details.
So, what is there to do at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections before our grand re-opening in Spring 2018? Well there are our events, our garden (which is looking amazing!), our Inspired by the word exhibition (which runs until the end of September), Our Gilbert White & Lawrence Oates Exhibitions, excellent shop and well, it’s just a great place to be!
The re-opening of our HLF developments is due for Spring 2018 just in time for the peak season. These changes will dramatically improve your visits to Selborne with easier parking (we’ve already finished the car park), more choice and more seating in our café (plus the opportunity to sit outside!), the museum will be bigger, with new and changing exhibits, better interpretation and more to see and do.
If you have any questions regarding the project let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Keep your eyes peeled over the next few months as we’ll be keeping you updated! Want immediate news? Follow us on Twitter!