Extension underway for Stoke museum

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent is now building a new extension.

The built-for-purpose area is being constructed to provide a home for the institution’s renowned onsite aircraft, the Spitfire RW388. The spitfire was removed from public viewing back in 2018 for restoration purposes, but the new extension, which represents a £5.4 million investment, will allow visitors to see the iconic airplane from outside the museum via extensive structural glazing.

The plans describe a 3,800 square foot extension, with additional refurbishments conducted on existing areas of the museum’s main building. The café, which covers 4,200 square feet, will see light renovation and internal enhancements carried out on floors, ceilings and walls.

While enabling works started earlier in the year, the main contract is getting underway, in line with safety guidelines issued by the government for the construction sector. The location chosen for the extension was previously part of the North Staffordshire Coalfield, and contractors are now removing obstructions, filling identified coal seams and preparing to lay foundations.

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When the extension is completed, those visiting the museum will be able to explore the historic World War II fighter plane through an educational film screened alongside the exhibition. The Spitfire is an important part of the town’s local history, as its designer and developer, Reginald Joseph Mitchell, was born in Talke, Stoke-on-Trent.

Posted by Mark
October 5, 2020

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