The Museum continues to develop its collections and exhibits. A number of projects are currently underway including the rescue of an Airing Court Shelter from the site of the former Barnsley Hall Hospital in Bromsgrove, which will give us the opportunity to interpret the history of treatment of mental health in the 19th and 20th centuries.
A 19th century internal threshing machine has already been salvaged from a water mill in Cumbria and is currently awaiting reconstruction at the Museum. It is hoped that this will complement the interpretation of our agricultural buildings that are already on site.
Work is also underway to enhance our Plas Cadwgan exhibit. A stone archway was rescued at the same time as the medieval internal timbers that are currently on display from a hall near Wrexham. The arch was never rebuilt and it is hoped that this exhibit will now be completed in 2011.
Thanks to National Lottery funding, work is also underway on projects to reinterpret our buildings and create a new introductory exhibition to the Museum.
Specialist contractors and our own staff and volunteers are working on major maintenance and conservation projects across a number of our buildings. The archiving team continues to repackage and document the objects that have been collected over the last five decades.