Designscape were appointed by the Corinium Museum in Cirencester for the alteration and refurbishment of the museum in 2014. The design proposed alterations to the internal layout in order to improve the flow through the building. The new gallery areas are designed to increase the number of artifacts on display and to emphasise the quality and craft of the exhibits, using dramatic dark spaces, illuminated exhibition cases and interactive technology. A new reception desk unites the entrance and shop with a single counter which involved the removal of a corner of the existing building. The works also include the creation of a hands-on Discovery Centre, accommodating a variety of functions for a range of visitors and the creation of a café courtyard garden
Working the new museum design into an existing Listed Building, whilst keeping it open, was a real challenge, but thanks to all involved the process has resulted in a successful achievement.
The museum now flows from arrival, through history, from one gallery to another. The spacious, welcoming aspect of the entrance and reception desk leads seamlessly into the new Stone Age to Corinium galleries and on into the rest of the museum, Roman galleries and beyond.
The new galleries are now complete with wonderful artefacts on display and the Winstone Discover Centre ready to receive visitors once lockdown restrictions have been lifted.