Proposal to consolidate the museums and galleries service
Tue 7 Feb 2017
Canterbury City Council are proposing to consolidate the Museums and Galleries service in two buildings and create an enhanced cultural space for the district at Canterbury Heritage Museum.
What are Canterbury City Council proposing?
- For the museums and galleries service to withdraw from the Poor Priests Hospital building and to consolidate much of the core museum activities and collections in two buildings, the Beaney and Canterbury Roman Museum.
- To relocate key city heritage artefacts to the Beaney which has free entrance and longer opening. These items include the Canterbury Cross, Bagpuss (on loan from Peter Firmin) and the Becket Tapestry and to create a new Children's Gallery at the Beaney.
- To relocate the Invicta engine (on loan from the Transport Trust) to Whitstable.
- To create an enhanced cultural and heritage space for the district at the Poor Priests Hospital and adjoining buildings. The repurposed building would become the new home of The Marlowe Lab, whose activities include youth theatre, community engagement writing and the creation of new work. This would enable the growth and development of the theatre's community and creative activities, and offer new opportunities for the theatre to work with local partners (cultural organisations, community, business) to use the city's rich heritage as the basis for new activities and to inspire new work.
- Many of the museums objects will remain and be available to view. There is also an ambition to develop heritage programmes, based on the building and the remaining collections, with a particular emphasis on engaging young people through digital technology.