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Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling museum set to open

The £2.3 million revamp and expansion of the Ditchling museum in Sussex, masterminded by Adam Richards Architects, is set to open later this month

The museum of art + craft showcases work by David Jones and Eric Gill - who established the Catholic craftsmen’s society the Guild of St Joseph & St Dominic in the village in the early twentieth century.

Due to be formally unveiled by Tate director Nicholas Serota on 20 September, the scheme received ££1.4 million from the Heritage Lottery and features a new entrance, shop and the conversion of a listed cart-lodge.

The practice describes the ‘bold scheme’ as the ‘antithesis of the white box museum’ with ‘carefully crafted new spaces…..allowing the collection to enter into a poetic dialogue with the place that they were made’.

The project was originally expected to practically complete in winter 2012 but finished late due to poor weather conditions. Total build cost was £1.1 million.

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Ditchling museum wins cash and planning consent

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The £1.08 million project will showcase the museum’s collection of work by David Jones and Eric Gill - who established Catholic craftsmen’s society the Guild of St Joseph & St Dominic in the village in the early twentieth century.

As well as a new entrance and shop for the museum on Ditchling’s village green, the scheme also includes the conversion of a listed cart-lodge.

Practice founder Adam Richards said: ‘We want visitors to experience this unusual timber building as the museum’s ‘first exhibit’ - its dark, timber-framed interior will be lit to suggest a three-dimensional drawing, & will set the context for the spaces & exhibits that follow.’

The main new building will be made from engineered timber and clad with black zinc.

Richards added: ‘“It will appear as the ghost, or shadow, of the agricultural buildings that once occupied the site and will create an enigmatic back-drop to the restored cart lodge.’

This block will house a collection store, and a new introductory gallery with a ‘Wunderkammer’ containing the museum’s founding objects.

Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum

Adam Richards Architects’ Ditchling Museum

The project is due to complete in late 2012.

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