Tiverton Museum unveils future plans
18 May 2018
Tiverton Museum has been thinking about the future, as Trustees and staff agree that they want to provide an exciting, vibrant museum which inspires visitors as they explore the history and heritage of the Mid Devon area.
Proposed option for new museum entrance as seen from Beck’s Square
Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘there are a number of improvements we would like to make to the museum, including creating a more welcoming entrance that enables people to actually see into the museum; create a larger learning room which can be more easily used for school groups, family activities and events. We also want to maximise opportunities for income through letting and hire, and of course to provide even better care for the museum’s collections. All of this work will help the museum’s future financial sustainability. We are currently working on a project funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to investigate these ideas, and are delighted to reveal our first concept drawings by West Waddy architects. We are still in early stages of planning such a major project which will involve a lot of fundraising and take several years to achieve!’
‘The museum is very pleased to see that Mid Devon District Council is investigating options to regenerate the town centre. Some of these proposals tie in very well with our own plans. We are meeting with Councillors and Officers at MDDC to discuss this in more detail, but we are also asking for wider community support for the museum at the same time.’
‘We would like the new town centre plans to make more of the museum as a key cultural and tourism asset. The plans have missed the museum off the list of key cultural assets, but do state that the entrance and façade should be improved. We feel that we can offer a lot more than the current town plans suggest; it’s not just about what the building looks like, but what community events we offer inside as well. We are also concerned at the proposed change of use of Beck’s Square car park into residential use, as we feel that this will reduce the footfall at our end of the town, and know that many of our visitors use this popular, accessible, car park.’
The museum is asking its supporters to provide feedback to the town centre plans and ask that they make more of the museum as a cultural and tourism asset, and to emphasise the synchronicity between the museum’s ideas and the town centre plans. The consultation period on the Town Centre plans ends on 10th June.
View of proposed new museum entrance above, and existing building below.