Project Completion : The Museum of the Home

Project Completion : The Museum of the Home

After a year when the concept of ‘home’ took on a whole new meaning, we’re delighted to announce the completion of one of our most significant Exhibition Fit Out projects of 2020 –for The Museum of the Home in Hoxton, London.

Having received a major capital grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016, the Museum has embarked on an ambitious project to transform its gallery spaces and visitor offering. Some of the key objectives for the refurbishment and Fit Out were to create new gallery spaces to expand the scope and diversity of the exhibits, add more facilities for learning and engagement and, crucially, to create a sustainable future for the Museum.

All the areas within the Museum have been given a thorough refresh and bright new spaces have been created with improved accessibility and wayfinding. Our Fit Out works included the creation of a new visitor entrance and reception, new Home Galleries on the lower ground floor, and enhancements to other existing displays including the freshly reinterpreted Rooms Through Time. A new Library and Collections Study room were also added as part of the Museum’s renewal project.

The Museum of the Home first opened to the public in 1914 as a museum of furniture and woodwork and has since collected an extraordinary, diverse range of exhibits which show people’s everyday domestic experiences and how homes, their roles, contents and technology have evolved from the 17th century to the present day. The exhibits and recreated interiors tell fascinating stories of home through time, and all that it represents for individuals, families and communities. The Museum is housed within a 300-year-old Grade I listed building, a former Almshouse, and its stunning gardens include a series of Gardens Through Time.

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‘All I want is a Room Somewhere’, from the No Place Like Home series by Jonathan Donovan
Top of page visual by Secchi Smith, design by Wright & Wright Architects

Our team therefore gave great consideration to the protection of their working environment throughout the build, to ensure the original building and all its features and fixtures remained pristine.The scope of our Fit Out works included setworks, showcases, graphics & lighting, interactives, AV and mounts plus carpets and decoration. The full Fit Out was project managed by Elmwood, including the coordination and integration of our specialist subcontractors.

The project was successfully delivered on time and within budget, all overseen by our experienced and capable team, and the Museum now looks forward to reopening its doors to visitors again in the coming months.

www.museumofthehome.org.uk

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