by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Writing this post each month always seems to come around too quickly! Yet again, a huge amount of work has been taking place over the last few weeks as we move ever closer to our opening date.

If you follow us on social media, you’ll know that while building work on the construction site continues to move at pace, preparations for the fit out of our new galleries have also begun in earnest.

Some of the key things that have happened in this area during March include:

  • with a large volume of objects on display in the galleries survey work has begun to understand the mount requirements for each of them
  • the start of producing the artwork for the graphics and labels in the galleries
  • the creation of prototypes for some of the main visual elements that will feature in the galleries – these will enable us to check the quality of the finishes before we move to full production
  • pulling all the assets together for the interactives that will feature in some of the galleries. This has involved a huge amount of work by many of our staff

Alice Roberts and Jan Freedman - March 2019 Build Update

  • filming for a series of videos for our natural history gallery with broadcaster, author and biological anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts. Keen TV watchers among you will recognise Alice (pictured above with our Natural History Curator Jan) from programmes such as Coast, Time Team Live and Britain’s Most Historic Towns

As always, there’s been a lot of activity on site too. In case you missed it, here’s an update video we recently made with our building contractors Willmott Dixon.

New electrical panels were being winched into place when I arrived one morning, and I managed to grab some video clips.

In other news, the tower crane will shortly be leaving the site. Other mobile cranes will be used over the next few months, but this marks another milestone in the construction programme. I watched a couple of people walking up to the top of it the other day – a task that definitely isn’t for the faint hearted!

We’ve had lots of visitors to the site this month including members of the Devon Chamber and journalists from the UK, Holland and Canada. Girls from St Andrews Primary also visited on International Women’s Day as part of a charitable scheme called ‘Widening Horizons’. Supported by the Millfields Trust, it’s benefitting children in seven different primary schools in Stonehouse. They all had a brilliant morning.

St Andrews Primary hard hat tour - March 2019 Build Update

Interior design students from Plymouth College of Art also donned their high-vis vests and hard hats for a look around and enjoyed their opportunity to see behind the scenes.

PCA Hard Hat Visit - March 2019 Build Update

I’ll close this month’s Build Update with the latest shot from the web cam. The sun is shining, spring is definitely on its way and, as you can see, the cladding to the side is very nearly complete!

Web Cam 270319 - March 2019 Build Update