News From the Dockyard
This week has seen a very positive move forward towards the Museum being resited to the Dockyard. The FIMT have obtained the services of the well known architects Purcell Miller Tritton to advise on the design of the new premises. Purcell Miller Tritton have been involved in many high profile historical projects including amongst many others the museum in London Docklands, the National Maritime Museum, Chatham Historic Dockyard, the Scott and Shackleton Hut in Antarctica and were advisors to the Government of South Georgia on the renovation and making safe the whaling station at Grytviken
After delays to the airbridge caused by the dust cloud their representative Liz Smith finally arrived on the 23rd of June spending just over a week in the Islands leaving on the 5th July.
While she was here Liz carried out a complete survey of the Dockyard going into detail all that would be required before the move. Besides making copious detailed notes and photographs regarding the requirements for every building, she also made recommendations as to how visitors should move through the exhibitions in order they might experience our displays to the full.
The Trustees met with Liz on the 30th to discuss her preliminary findings. This meeting was followed up the following day with a meeting with the Government Project Board which will oversee and implement the agreed programme. This meeting was also attended by Leona Roberts and two trustees. They reported that they were encouraged by the reception of the Board to Liz's initial initial findings.
The Trustees are now waiting for a detailed report of works needed in order that the plans can be approved by the Projects Board, after which materials can be purchased, final planning permission obtained and work commenced. It is hoped and intended that the Museum should move into the main buildings by November 2012
The trustees are extremely enthusiastic and pleased with the draft proposals and look forward to everything coming together so that work can be commenced. They would like to express their their thanks Liz for all her work and advice during her stay.