New museums opening across the country

In Museums on May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I was lucky enough to go to one of the previews of the new Turner Contemporary in Margate a few weeks ago. The David Chipperfield-designed art gallery has been a fair while in the making, but it was well worth the wait. I really hope the TC is going to do what it promises and help to regenerate and revitalise Margate, which is a rather sad sort of a town on the north Kent coast.

This is the just the start of the latest flurry of new museums and galleries opening this spring summer.

The redeveloped Holbourne Museum in Bath will reopen later this month, along with the Hepworth Wakefield, a brand new arts venue for West Yorkshire.

Then in June we get to see the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum, also known as the Glasgow Guggenheim because of its fabulous and eccentric design. And later that month MShed opens in Bristol, the new Museum of Bristol project telling the story of the city. I did some work with the museum team at Bristol on the project just over a year ago, helping them with the early stages of text-writing for the new museum.

July sees the opening of the new Museum of Liverpool – again an extravagant and striking architectural design right in the middle of the city. And later in the summer we’ll see the results of the redevelopment of Taunton Castle into the Museum of Somerset.

So hold on to your hats for a rollercoaster of a summer of venue openings – and let me know if you get an invite to any of the opening parties and need a date!


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