Progress is being made

Social life may currently be restricted and the museum closed to visitors but progress is being made on the Extension Project. The first of our regular updates is available here.

The Future

Our extension will enable us to:

  • Tell new stories about Beaminster and its surrounding villages, and for existing ones to be told in a new and better way
  • Host groups of all ages and interests – from school visits to memory cafés for the elderly – much more effectively
  • Carry outresearch – family history or otherwise – in a more conducive environment
  • React more quickly and effectively to whatever the future holds.

The final agreed design with the West Dorset District Council  is  far from a replication of a 200-year old building style. The preservation of the rear façade will be achieved by a glass link affording a view of the old building and parts of Beaminster. The unusual shape of the rear plot posed problems which will be solved by the use of a zinc raised-seam roof in the place of slate. The Exhibition gallery will be timber-framed, clad in a yellow stock brick, matching well the stone of the existing museum.  Though the extension will be small, it will be a talking point of which we shall be deservedly proud”.