This award winning building houses the Museum's artefact collections and
storage basement for the collections is sunk into an hillside giving huge
volume with minimal landscape impact. The top of the store forms a
large deck covered with a lightweight roof structure called a gridshell to
enclose the building conservation workshop and working space.
The gridshell is a
lightweight structure made of oak laths and is
insulated so that it can be used in comfort year-round.
store is secure and environmentally controlled and
the Museum's collections of tools and artefacts from rural life in the
region numbering about ten thousand items. Agriculture, domestic life, trades and industries and transport
are all represented, and there is a special emphasis on building
construction and the building trade.
The east end of the basement, the
Mitford Foulerton Studio is is devoted to research, documentation and
conservation of the collections and is be used by the curator, research
and conservation teams and students.
Access to the stores
is available on guided tours and by appointment with the curator.
The upper part of the building, the Jerwood Gridshell
Space, provides a workshop where historic
timber-framed buildings can be laid out for conservation and repair. The
also used for the Museum's growing programme of
training workshops, the conservation of large objects and is
available to schools for educational use. The upper part of the
building also contains a small classroom. For full details of the
development of the Gridshell building visit the
Teacher Led Visits
Repeating patterns, angles and curves are obvious in this innovative
building, which offers endless opportunities for work on design, structures, shape