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Ditchling museum wins cash and planning consent

[FIRST LOOK] Adam Richards Architects has won planning permission and a grant of £835,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its revamp and expansion of th Ditchling museum in Sussex

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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