Second phase of maritime museum's face-lift underway
This month the Maritime Museum moves into the second exciting
phase of its planned building improvements with changes to
the front of the building and the Falmouth gallery.
In a direct response to visitors' comments, the Museum
is incorporating a number of changes to its galleries, exhibitions
and exterior frontage. With the first phase of work successfully
completed earlier in the year, Phase 2 starts on Monday 30
October with completion forecast for mid December.
One of the most obvious of these changes will be noticed
before you even step through the door as the front of the
building itself will receive a face-lift. With more windows,
a stylish canopy, a 16 square metre glass-panelled door and
a number of improvements being made to the reception area,
the appearance of the Museum and visibility of its entranceway
will be greatly enhanced.
More changes will also be found inside the Museum. The current
Robertson Packet Gallery is being re-organised, opened up
and extended with a new area bringing the maritime history
of Falmouth up to date.
A new glass corner cabinet, viewable from both inside and
outside the gallery, will open up the Robertson Packet Gallery
to the rest of the Museum. Echoing the popular model boat
case that sits in the Museum's Set Sail gallery, this
will display a number of models of famous vessels connected
with the town: the St Denys tug, the much-loved Cutty Sark
as well as a pilot gig and luggers.
The new exhibition area will first open with a display of
highly-acclaimed paintings by Pierhead painter Reuben Chappell,
which will be on show until March. This will be followed by
a new permanent display on the maritime history of Falmouth
which is being developed in conjunction with a number of local
Curator, Jo Warburton says: "The Falmouth Packet
Gallery is one of the high spots of the Museum. The new layout
will give us the chance to enrich the story by adding many
"Our plans for the extended area are well advanced
and we have some lovely ideas for ways of bringing the Falmouth
story up to date; many of these will need local help to be
"The new model boat case will be the first of our
new Cornish displays. We know that our visitors love model
boats and our new case will show off some really good models
with strong local relevance. And, once the Reuben Chappell
exhibition is over we will be opening up the rest of the display."
The building work is being carried out without closing the
Museum. Only the Falmouth Packet Gallery will be closed; all
other areas will be open as usual. So, why not head down yourself
for a peek at what's in store? By accepting to grant
GiftAid on your entry ticket, you'll be able to visit
the Museum as many times as you like over the following 12
months, giving you the chance to experience all these new
changes as they happen.
For further information please contact Jenna Palmer of the
National Maritime Museum Cornwall on 01326 214558 or email:
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the National Maritime Museum
Visibility and access project through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF).
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