RFA was appointed in July 2016 by Chelmsford Council to revitalize the local community-focussed museum for our newest city.
Chelmsford Museum is accommodated in an 1865 Italianate mansion set in the middle of Oaklands Park, close to centre of the City. The museum currently attracts c. 63,000 visitors per year.
A new wing was completed in 2010 including new facilities, technology based galleries and the Essex Regimental Museum. However, the older galleries in the Victorian House were largely left untouched, and it is these that now require re-display in a second phase.
The inclusion of a café in the new scheme means that exhibition space is reduced and displays must be rationalised.
Rich collections will be utilised to tell the Story of Chelmsford in a suite of new galleries with a timeline stretching from the Ice Ages, through the granting of a Royal Charter in 1199, and up to the present day. Separate, thematic galleries will be created on ceramics (including works by Grayson Perry and other eminent local potters), natural history, toys and costume. Interpretation of the park will bring visitors in and link those in the museum to the outside.