Update on the Museum Roof – March 2019
The scaffold build was delayed by 3 weeks firstly by a slight lack of communication – nobody told us that the Warwick Marathon was taking place on one of the days and was due to pass directly under the scaffold build! Secondly it was delayed by the arrival of Storm Gareth, which not unnaturally hastened the departure of the roofers.
Eventually the gods were on our side and the scaffold build was completed on Friday 15th March.
The plan now is to open up one half of the roof working under cover of a tarpaulin that is re-fastened every night, view the repairs that come to light once the builders can get into the roof space and replace whatever is necessary in that part of the roof.
Once that half of the roof is complete the library and stores in the opposite end of the attic will be moved to under cover of the newly re-furbished half of the roof and the other end will be completed.
Estimated time for completion dependent on the amount of work required is some 8 weeks. Brickwork repairs and repainting of the windows and frames will be completed from the scaffolding whilst it is in place.
Lt Col Tom Hamilton
The Collection Trustees who are responsible for the design and build of the new Regimental Museum are very grateful indeed to Lt Col Tom Hamilton for the very generous gestures he continues to show in his fundraising for the Project.
Tom walked from Catterick to Bovington Camp in 2017 and he has recently written his excellent book, Caught in a Cam Net. These together have raised £6200+ to date with more expected from book sale royalties.
Thank you, Tom, from us all for your incredible efforts and for supporting the new Museum Project by donating the amazing results of those efforts. Your help is more than appreciated.
A Q&A Update on the Museum Progress
Question: Why has progress on completion of the Museum Project fallen so far behind the expected stage completion dates?
Answer: The main contributing factor has been that during internal building work a number of faults have been discovered with the fabric of the Museum including the roof that may entail a considerable amount of work. None of these faults were picked up by the Building Survey and the additional costs now required to enable repairs to be carried out were not envisaged during the project planning.
Question: When will the Museum finally be open?
Answer: This is entirely dependent on what repairs are found to be necessary to the fabric of the roof once the tiles have been removed. As soon as we have definite information we will pass this on. We are unable to start on the internal displays until the fabric of the building is secure.
Question: Is there any progress with the content of the Museum?
Answer: We are in the process of agreeing the internal design of the Museum displays with our chosen Museum designer, PLB of York. The design work can be continued as the repairs to the roof are being completed. We continue to receive new artefacts for display and in particular we have been loaned part of the material displayed in the Blackshaw Museum previously held by the Regiment in Sennelager.
Question: Is there any way we can help?
Answer: Fund raising is still very much alive. Any further donations that you can raise will have a very positive effect on completing the project and opening the Museum. We are also actively seeking volunteers: so if you think you may have a specific talent and would like to become involved please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest update as at October 2018 can be found below:
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