In January 2022, following the signing of the lease for the new museum, we were able to invite museum designers to propose a layout and style to suit the museum space. As required by charity regulations, we contacted a number of suitable companies and, in March, we asked Qwerk, a design-manufacture-installation company based in Luton, to take on the project. Qwerk have previously fitted out the foyer area of St Albans Museum and are currently working on the Raphael exhibition for the National Gallery. They have provided a provisional design, which is currently marked with tapes on the floor. There is still much to discuss before the Museum actually opens, but we are underway.
Meanwhile all of our paintings, prints and large photographs have been moved from storage at Sandridgegate into the new roller-racking system in the Lesley Casey Archive Room. Framed items are protected by bubble-wrap. Work on indexing and preparing our paper archives and photos for transfer is underway at Park Hall, and when our large order for document boxes are delivered, we will be inviting our volunteers to help transfer our collection into permanent archival storage.