Ancient House Museum
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Ancient House Museum

This National Lottery funded refurbishment of the Ancient House Museum in Thetford was completed in the summer of 2006. The project consisted of extensive refurbishment and repair of the existing fabric of the building as well as the provision of a new pavilion to link parts of the building together to ease wheelchair access. The architects were Purcell Miller Tritton.

Lighting Design & Technology were responsible for all lighting on the project and also advised the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, who were responsible for the exhibition design, on the case lighting. Because of the historic nature of the rooms the new lighting had to be integrated into the structure in a subtle way that did not intrude visually or damage the fabric of the building in an irreversible way. For most of the principal rooms the lighting was provided by small adjustable fibre-optic spotlights concealed amongst the timber beams. The projectors supplying these were located remotely in places where they could be accessed easily for lamp replacement.

In one area with plaster ceilings small mono-point sockets were provided in a grid on the ceilings with plug-in spotlights used where needed to light the exhibits and displays below. In the new-build archive and toilet block low-energy, long-life lighting systems were provided; mostly activated by presence detection.

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