3D proposed entrance view from cafe

25 September 2012

This autumn we will be making some changes to our museum to make it a more welcoming place for all our visitors.

The content of the museum will not be altering a great deal, but there will be some changes to the layout to help make it a brighter, more inviting space and to introduce some new facilities for our award-winning education programme.

By making the space brighter and increasing the ambient temperature we will no longer be able to provide the right environment to have Domesday permanently on display. Instead, there will be a new rotating exhibit in the central part of the museum that will feature Domesday for approximately six months every five years.

Other changes will include removing one of the dividing walls and rearranging some cases to make extra space for school groups. The image on the right shows a 3D view of the proposed new layout, as seen from the cafe.

Closure period

In order to carry out these changes the museum will be closed from 25 October 2012 for a minimum of five weeks. At all other times, disruption will be minimised wherever possible while the changes are taking place.

However, if you are planning a trip to The National Archives to visit our museum, please check our website for further updates, or contact us first to avoid any disappointment on your visit.

The closure will only affect the museum. The reading rooms and library will remain open as usual during this period.

We hope that all changes should be completed by January 2013 when the space will be re-opened under the new name of The Keeper's Gallery.

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