PLANS REVEALED FOR MAJOR DEVELOPMENT
The museum will illustrate life in the Blockley parish from early Jurassic times – when Blockley was mainly under the sea and plesiosaurs were often to be seen - through the Iron Age, the medieval settlements, the industrial revolution - when 13 water mills were producing flour, throwing silk and even making pianos - to more recent times when General Patton prepared and addressed his troops on the Batsford estate prior to the Normandy invasion.
More recently Blockley has become famous as the location for the BBC TV series “Father Brown”.
The proposals have been created by designers JDM & Company and heritage architect John C Goom with financial assistance from The Summerfield Trust, and supported by an extensive research exercise carried out by Society members.
The existing Jubilee Hall at the Heritage Centre is being retained for public use and will also serve as a lecture room and heritage activity centre for visiting school parties. Short-term themed exhibitions will be staged there to provide additional opportunities for the public to see artefacts and documents that are not on general display in the main museum.
The museum will bring to life eight discrete strands of Blockley history (see accompanying panel) - each remarkable in itself – in a lively and engaging manner.
The project depends on obtaining a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of about £423,000 and the application process is already under way. This will need to be supplemented by another £215,000 from the local community, local businesses and charitable trusts. of which almost half has already been raised.
LOCAL DESIGNERS APPOINTED FOR BLOCKLEY HERITAGE CENTRE DEVELOPMENT
Blockley Heritage Society today announced the appointment of local architects and exhibition designers for the proposed £0.5m development of the Blockley Heritage Centre.
The JDM team of Jamie Leonard, Dora Leonard and Miranda Melville, has been brought together especially for the project and includes an exciting theatrical element. Between them JDM have designed sets for films, such as Tom & Viv, Into the West, Mona Lisa, costumes for Comrades and We Think the World of You, created props for Game of Thrones, The Muppets, Downton Abbey, sets and costumes for contemporary dance and theatre productions, and project managed exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre including Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms.
THE JUBILEE HALL
AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
This is a light, bright, recently refurbished hall seating approximately 80. There is a kitchen and toilets, a drop down projector screen, and effective central heating. Good parking facilities.
The Jubilee Hall is situated a short walk from the village centre, has plenty of car parking available nearby, and is ideal for workshops, parties, meetings and events of all sorts. It is available at very competitive rates, with discount for regular users.
Enquiries to Laurie Clayton on 01386 701528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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