by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

There’s been lots of activity behind the scenes this month and it’s really exciting to see things moving at pace on the construction site.

The latest time lapse footage from our web cam shows the start of the progression with the cladding on our extension……….

……….things have moved on even more since then. This image dates from 11 February……….

Web Cam - 11 February 2019

……….fast forward two weeks and the west (or main) elevation is now complete and the contractors have moved around to work on the other side.

Web Cam - 26 February 2019

St Luke’s Church has also had a lovely new fresh coat of paint.

St Luke's Painting - 21 February 2019

Inside the main building, our contractors Willmott Dixon and all their supply chain of sub-contractors are working hard everywhere you look on ceilings, walls, flooring, racking and more. In fact, our archivists were thrilled when they were on a recent site visit and saw all the racking that has been installed for themselves.

Racking the The Box - February 2019

To (sort of) quote one of our archivists:

WE HAVE RACKING!!!!! Had a good sniff, stroke and turn and it felt sooooo good! My colleagues will appreciate this!

Willmott Dixon are also continuing to run site tours for private groups and have welcomed a number of these in recent weeks. As always, everyone loves seeing behind the scenes and are looking forward to us opening next year.

The Box Site Tour - 22 February 2019

Image courtesy of @sarewaddington

Comments from some of those who’ve been on site recently include:

We had a great time touring The Box this afternoon. Cannot wait until it opens! So exciting and such a great thing for Plymouth

Renovating and restoration of roofing (and) flooring. Insulation for archiving material and a view of the gallery that will hold the Mayflower 400 exhibition

Great tour today, thank you

It sounds a bit scary to say that we’ll be opening next year but time is marching on. We’re also now well into the planning and preparations for the fit out of The Box which will begin in earnest in early autumn.

As part of the preparations we had our mount makers on site last week. There are a number of objects that will need to be displayed on mounts in our new galleries and they vary greatly in type and size. The mount makers spent time assessing and measuring items from our natural history and archaeology collections, amongst others.

Mount Makers at Annexe - 26 February 2019

We’ve also signed off the graphic design work for a number of the galleries. This has been a huge task for our Collections Team and the galleries have been divided into four batches to help manage the workload. Batches one and two are now complete and batches three and four are now being finalised. We don’t want to spoil all the surprises but are happy to share a visual of this large graphic that will be installed in our ‘Active Archive’ gallery to help demonstrate some of the key statistics relating to the Blitz.

Blitz Graphic - February 2019

To stay up to date with news and updates on a daily basis make sure you’re following us on Facebook and/or Twitter. Keep your eyes peeled for a video update produced with Willmott Dixon that we’ll be putting live tomorrow and an update from the offsite store next week!