We have just completed a major redevelopment of the Priest House Museum in Wimborne, with a transformation into the Museum of East Dorset.
We designed and project managed every element to this highly complex project across two floors of this fantastic period property.
In total we designed 11 different gallery spaces.
Key to our concept was a different look and feel for each floor of the museum. The ground floor being more muted in tone and working well with the historical rooms, while the first floor galleries were more modern in feel due to the more generic features of the building. This created a different experience for visitors.
Three aspects of the museum require a mention: The building itself, the exhibits and the garden. All were excellent. I liked the way that the history of the building is explained, and evidence highlighted for how it has changed over the years. The collection illustrates life in Wimborne, and also has some unique displays, like the extensive collection of Victorian valentines.
This was our first visit back to the museum since the extensive renovations and it was an absolute delight with a great variety of displays on offer. We decided to buy an annual family pass and were glad that we did, as there was so much to see that I think that we will go on discovering new things each time we visit.
There is something for everyone, young and old. There was the perfect balance of high-quality digital visuals that breathed life into the displays without making it feel too techy whilst allowing for a real interactive experience.