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Chelmsford Museum with the new, two-story extension on the right
With dire warnings of cutbacks in museum funding by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council of England) which is likely to effect university museums such as the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers in Oxford, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and the Courtauld Gallery in London, it’s good to report on the newly-opened extension to the Chelmsford Museum in Essex.
The £5 million extension (taking fifteen months to complete) was formally opened to the public yesterday (with further celebrations today). Access to the museum is now through the light and airy extension, with exhibits there highlighting two of Chelmsford’s industrial pioneers – Guglielmo Marconi and Colonel R E Crompton. There are several new galleries and a lecture theatre, and the old part of the museum has also been given a facelift with new lighting, cases and carpets.
There is one gallery dedicated to the Neolithic, with some spectacular hand axes on show (one a beautiful jadeite axe from central Europe) as well as information on the Chelmer (Springfield) Cursus see below. Visitors to the Museum might also want to look out for a fine example of puddingstone at the old entrance to the Museum.
Puddingstone at the old entrance to Chelmsford Museum