Future plans of the Museum

The building burnt down 25 March, most likely building workers caused the fire on the roof by mistake.

Good news:
◦   The majority of the artefacts on display in the ‘Cuming Family Collection’ gallery were saved and are now safe and undergoing specialist conservation.
◦   Only 1% of the museum’s collection was on display, the rest is housed in a different building.
◦   Outreach work by the museum, for instance children’s activities and the ‘youth panel’ continue from other premises.
◦   All the already scheduled exhibitions will go on at other premises, for example pubs!
◦   The library stock next door to the museum was largely unaffected.
◦   Insurance money will be earmarked for rebuilding the civic building on at least the same size footprint. The restoration of the museum will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the area.

Sadder messages:
◦   400 of the 1,000 objects on display in the ‘Cuming Family Collection’ gallery could not be saved, despite the quick work of the fire brigade and museum staff.
◦   The ‘Southwark’ room and temporary exhibition room remain under rubble and so it is unclear what damage there is to artefacts in these rooms.
◦   Structural engineers are yet to assess the extent of the damage to the building, but metal buckled by the intense heat is visible and brickwork will have been weakened due to the heat too.
◦   It will take up approximately 4 years to finish all the restoration and refurbishment work.
◦   Structural issues and practicalities such as fire exits and power to the building will mean the library will remains closed for months rather than weeks. Opening hours have been extended at John Harvard Library in Bourough and East Street Library on Old Kent Road.
◦   At least one of the objects (an acient tray) were stolen right after the fire broke out, by someone(s) who entered the burning building, risking their own lives in the process.

Main source is:
but I skimmed through many websites on the fire, didn’t found much on the actual future plans.


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