The museum now has its name looking very smart on the stone slab at the front of the new glass entrance. The Gill Sans lettering is nice and large, so no-one should miss us. Inside, things are moving on. Alan and Ian from Armour Systems have been working really hard installing our amazing new showcases, each one purpose-made for the objects we’ll display. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grant-aiding the museum fit-out. The showcases in the first floor gallery are almost complete, and the Terrace Gallery is getting there.
Yesterday a team from Conservation by Design moved in and set up a processing area in the temporary exhibition gallery, where they are photographing and measuring every object. This is to ensure that the mounts on which items will be displayed will fit each object exactly. Mounts to hold the lighter objects will be perspex, those for heavier items will be made of steel.
We also now have a new art store, ready for paintings from both museums. Kate, Gill and Brenda have almost finished carefully wrapping and labelling the pictures, which will be moved shortly
On the ground floor, our new technician Mark Hazelgrove has sorted out the workshop, and is now putting up racking for the stores.
The curators are busy checking and proof-reading the labels, re-checking, re-proofing, re-writing, finding illustrations and graphics at short notice. A huge amount of unseen work has gone into the labels for this museum, and I’ll give it a separate blog post. Finally, we welcome Sarah Burrows back to Hitchin Museum, to work with Sharon. Sarah is covering Lisa Ferridge’s secondment to the NHDC Finance Dept.