Contemporary Displays in a Medieval Setting

Museum of Somerset

In renewing the Museum of Somerset in Grade One Listed Taunton Castle, Event’s approach was that displays must be bold, in keeping with the fortified structure that houses them.

​Creating a contemporary museum within a medieval building inevitably brought challenges as modern requirements were balanced with the well-being of the historic structure. A collaborative effort between Event and architect Feilden Clegg Bradley resulted in spaces which contrast ‘old’ with ‘new’ in memorable ways.

One of the most impressive interventions is a mezzanine floor which spans the perimeter of the Great Hall, enabling dramatic suites of showcased objects on two levels.

​These combine with evocative film, sound, image and the voices of Somerset people to trace the story of the County.

Somerset Military Museum – a museum within a museum - provides a thoughtful and evocative portrait of Somerset’s regiments and their history.

The overall result is a museum rooted in its locality and relevant to the lives and concerns of Somerset people and their visitors.

Project type

Museum

Scope of works

  • Funding Bid Support
  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Construction Management

Scale

1,310m2

Location

Somerset, UK

Programme

2006 - 2011

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