The new St Albans Museum + Gallery
The eagerly-awaited St Albans Museum + Gallery will open its doors to the public on Friday 8th June following a two-year restoration and redevelopment project. Visitors will be invited to enjoy a dynamic programme of events to celebrate the opening of this arts, heritage and cultural attraction in the newly-transformed building.
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Set to be a world-class centre for arts and culture at the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities, the new St Albans Museum + Gallery will be free to all visitors. It aims to showcase over 2,000 years of priceless heritage and host cutting-edge art exhibitions, sharing local, national and world treasures with all.
Housed within the stunning Georgian Grade II* listed Town Hall, which was built in 1831, this new museum and gallery will rejuvenate the cultural life of the city and beyond. Set over three floors, it now boasts a number of restored historic spaces and newly created state-of-the-art galleries. These spaces will be used to host regularly changing exhibitions and a vibrant programme of events. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the fascinating histories of the Town Hall, including its Assembly Room, Courtroom and Cells.
With the restoration and further additions designed by award-winning architects, John McAslan and Partners, the Town Hall has been given a new lease of life. The beautiful historic spaces, such as the octagonal courtroom and subterranean cells, have now been fully restored and preserved for future generations.
Glazed links have been added to the first floor enabling visitors to walk around the entire building and to take in some wonderful views of the City.
A new temperature-controlled and secure basement gallery has been created under the building to house national touring exhibitions and contemporary art shows. The ground floor has also been renovated to accommodate a learning studio, a new visitor information point, a gift shop and café.
The project has been made possible with funding from St Albans City and District Council, an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a special partnership with University of Hertfordshire. There have also been generous donations from Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation and many other organisations and individuals through the work of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust.
Find out more about hiring one of the beautifully restored historic spaces or newly created galleries within St Albans Museum + Gallery here>.
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Film by Stephen Bond
Film by Stephen Bond
The Town Hall building, St Albans