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Adam Richards: A vision for the museum

Adam Richards: A vision for the museum

For some time now we have been working to develop ideas with the architect Adam Richards from Adam Richards Associates. We first came across Adams work for the re-imagining of the Ditchling Museum which is due to re-open to the public on the 21st September. We very much feel in tune with Adams poetic vision for the museum as can be seen in this press release;

'We have been working with Adam Richards Architects to devise an outstanding and unique series of interlinked buildings clustered around a central wooded area. Our idea is for visitors to be able to explore the wheel of the year and to learn more about the UK’s annual events and customs through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. As well as these there will be an archive and library facility, temporary exhibition space, performance area, café and bookshop.
Along with examining our seasonal events we will also try to give visitors an insight into the wealth of folk tales, superstitions and legends, which abound within the UK. Obviously this is a vast subject but it is hoped that by introducing a changing program of temporary exhibitions, we can cover more ground and it would be ideal if these exhibitions can then go on tour to the sorts of organisations that we are currently collaborating with. As our collection hopefully expands there is the possibility to add new buildings, so that the complex can grow and change in line with our circumstances.

The intention is that the museum itself will be a kind of exhibit, allowing spaces, objects and visitors to be orchestrated in a way that reveals meanings, stories and underlying themes in culturally engaging and often unexpected ways. Furthermore, it is hoped that a site for the museum can be found which enables the buildings to be as self-sustaining as possible - using natural resources in an environmentally sensitive way that also ties into the themes, rituals and rhythms of the museum itself.'