The Right Historic Connections
The impressive classic frontage of Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, leads into a feast of history and nostalgia for adults and new experiences for the young – it’s home to the Museum of Childhood.
It was established by Derbyshire County Council in the 1970s, accommodated in the Hall’s nineteenth century servants’ wing. In 1991 it became a National Trust property and the organisation, its Supporters’ Groups and generous legacies – along with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Betty Cadbury Trust – recently made a substantial investment in redevelopment.
Certainly its secret lies in highly traditional childhood upbringing and all its toys. Transforming this childhood world depended very much upon WT Parker’s advanced know-how in mechanical and electrical services.
19th Century Challenge…
To maintain the aesthetics WT Parker sympathetically integrated advanced technical services in a characteristically 19th century building.
That meant delivering practical services solutions while maintaining the atmosphere of Sudbury Hall, with a selection of materials and equipment that would blend in effortlessly with the building’s original architecture.
It initially required an accurate and co-ordinated setting out process that was implemented with a carefully considered approach to the built and natural environment.
…21st Century Solution
WT Parker’s skilled installation methods ensured that the project team delivered its services completely in line with the client’s vision.
With WT Parker working behind the scenes, Haley Sharpe designed and tested the interactive children’s galleries to make best use of the museum’s significant collections of artefacts and memories. Utilising a creative blend of light and sound, vistas and manipulation of architectural volumes, spaces were created to be seen through a ‘child’s eye’.
The Museum of Childhood has enjoyed its own second childhood. It reopened as a truly interactive experience with eight imaginatively themed galleries, a new lift, and a 50% increase in capacity thanks to the new mezzanine floor. Featuring fascinating displays about children from the 18th century onwards, it’s a vivid experience of times past for all to enjoy.
You will find that WT Parker’s own leading edge services have a rich heritage to draw upon.