The Heritage Lottery Funded project at Weston Museum is making sound progress. Ideas currently outlined below, such as the new Landscape Gallery layout have been approved in principle with star objects being chosen for display, but some changes may still occur before the final building and laying out of the spaces. Images are to give a general idea and the full list of objects to be displayed has yet to be chosen.
William Beard, who is one of those associated with the opening of Banwell Bone Cave, will make an ‘appearance’ alongside a number of the bones he is said to have discovered. Interactive elements will include object handling and audio listening points for in-depth information. A centrally located new high security cabinet will facilitate the display of loan material brought in from other museums and galleries for temporary exhibition.
A new staircase and bridges will link this Landscape Gallery with the Art and Seaside Galleries, allowing a circular route through the first floor of the museum.
Imagemakers, the exhibition and interpretation design company, have begun design work on the second room – the Seaside Gallery.
Visitors will experience the seaside from the coming of Brunel’s railway in 1841 to our present day seaside. Specifically highlighted themes will include WWI and WWII, industry and tourism’s heyday. Just like the Landscape Gallery, this will also offer a number of interactives, including the return of the old-fashioned penny arcade machines.
A new Art Gallery will form the link between the Landscape and Seaside Galleries emphasising the centuries between the Medieval and Victorian.
The remaining galleries to be designed include the Art Gallery and the spaces downstairs, incorporating the courtyard space.