Chelmsford Museum has secured £1.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help redevelop its historic wing in Oaklands Park. Chelmsford Museum will be exhibiting their plans for the new wing with a fresh exhibition, ‘Chelmsford Museum is Changing’, at the Museum from 16 September – 22 October for members of the public to view free of charge.
Organising the event is Nick Wickenden, Museum Manager, Chelmsford Museum, he says: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Chelmsford Museum. The Victorian House part of the museum will close in early January 2018 to allow the old displays to be removed and the development work to commence. The modern wing will remain open. For those Chelmsford people who fondly remember childhood visits to the museum, this will be the last opportunity to revisit the museum as it is, they may want to bring their children with them to pass their memories on.”
Nick continued: “As part of the exhibition we’ll also be displaying exciting new items that have never been on public display before, we have searched our vaults and blown away the dust to find hidden gems that will surprise people with a fascinating insight into Chelmsford.”
The redevelopment will offer displays based on how Chelmsford developed from humble beginnings to become a city in 2012, and the personalities and heroes who have enabled this to happen.
The ‘Chelmsford Museum is Changing’ exhibition will also illustrate the new-look museum, which will offer a café overlooking the Rose Terrace for museum and park visitors to enjoy, as well as visuals of the new displays, such as how the new ceramics will be exhibited.
Nick added: “We really do welcome all Chelmsford residents down to this significant exhibition. Local community groups will also be given the opportunity to curate their own displays during the development, so this is a great chance for everyone to get involved.”
The Chelmsford Museum’s modern wing, housing its collection of Marconi, Hoffmann and other artefacts and interactive displays from the city’s industrial heritage, plus the Essex Regiment Museum, will remain open during the renovations.