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Museum Development 1997
Drawings made for Development of the Museum and Old Town Mill site: A feasibility Study and Design Plan, June 1997, written
after the fire of 1995. They show a two-storey extension in the lower garden reaching the boundary with Blake Gardens housing,
public toilets and exhibition space The main entrance to the museum was to be through Blake Gardens, which was to be
developed as an amenity.
The mill wheel and gearing were to be restored and enclosed by a glazed screen, and adjoining this was a café and kitchens.
The designs complied with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, so lifts were provided as well as ramped access to parts of
The upper floor of the extension was to be used for artefact storage, in particular the museum's collection of photographic
negatives, for which temperature and humidity controlled space was to be provided.
Above the café a room was provided for research, which doubled as a meeting room, and also a kitchen.
An office and workshop was on the upper floor of the Mill, adjoining Blake Street.
Stairs and a lift served both floors, and a series of ramps for wheelchairs were built into the end gallery of the first floor, giving
access to the original Blake House, in which was another lift giving access to the three upper galleries at the opposite end of the
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