It was celebration time on Monday night at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, as work was completed on the Museum’s major gallery reorganisation.
It was celebration time on Monday night at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, as work was completed on the Museum's major gallery reorganisation.
Contractors from across Cornwall have been involved in the project to create a new temporary exhibition space called The Hold, as well as a new orientation zone as visitors enter the Museum. The teams from A2 Rigging, Marnick Builders Ltd, 20/20 Displays and Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects, celebrated alongside staff and volunteers from the Museum with a glass of bubbly.
The most striking part of the project has been creating a new access point linking The Hold to the Main Hall, giving visitors greater flexibility in how they navigate the building. The overall design was handled by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects of St Ives.
Ben Bosworth from Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole said: "The project has been incredibly complex for what should be a simple hole in the wall. There have been a number of complexities which aren't necessarily appreciated now that it's finished and we're delighted with the final look. Working with the Maritime Museum has been a brilliant experience, one which I have very much enjoyed."
Museum Director Jonathan Griffin said: "Wherever possible the Maritime Museum tires to support local businesses, so when we decided to make these changes it went without saying that we would get Cornish contractors on board. We have been rewarded by the quality and helpfulness that we have received and the project as a whole has been extremely successful. We hope when our visitors see it they will whole heartedly agree. It's because of them that we've done it - so I hope they like it."
The Museum is now fully open again and looking forward to a busy 2009.