The new building, designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, will provide additional galleries, new open access storage / study facilities and dedicated spaces for life-long learning, education outreach services and arts development programmes. It will also create a focal point for the development of Cheltenham’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ and create a ‘new gateway’ to Cheltenham’s oldest building, medieval St. Mary’s Church.
We have redesigned the Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery as part of the redevelopment. Working with our designer, Neill Richardson of Objectives, we have completely redesigned the gallery to create a more flexible space, which will include a temporary display space for changing exhibitions. The new space will allow us to change the displays more regularly and offer new interpretations on the objects.
We have also redeveloped a second gallery for the display of Arts and Crafts material, creating a Store to display our furniture collection and offering the opportunity to see pieces that have not usually been on display, including several pieces by Peter Waals, the who worked as Ernest Gimson’s foreman and later took over the business after Gimson’s death. These pieces all came from the Charlton Kings house of Arthur Mitchell, a local businessman, in the 1960s who collected work by Gimson and Sidney Barnsley as well as commissioning a number of pieces from Waals.
The redisplay project has also resulted in the Art Gallery & Museum being able to update its Arts and Crafts website, and we have been able to digitise part of our important private press book library, the Emery Walker Library. Over 500 private press books by publishers such as William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, C H St. John Hornby’s Ashendene Press and Emery Walker own Dove’s Press amongst many others have been added to Adlib, our collections database. We have also taken over 500 images of books and ephemera relating to the library, many of which are available to view on the website and on our online collections database.
We hope that you enjoy the new website and collections database. Please let us know your thoughts and queries on the new site. We look forward as well to welcoming to the newly redeveloped Art Gallery & Museum in the near future!