Gunnersbury museum will close for renovation works from 4pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014 as the first phase of a £21 million refurbishment of the Park and facilities gets underway.
The improvements, which start in the New Year, will be completed by spring 2017. They include:
- repair of the external and internal fabric of the large mansion, including refurbishment of the drawing room, long gallery, dining room and historic kitchens
- creation of display rooms to showcase the museum collections and the building’s history effectively, and to provide space for events and functions
- installation of a lift to open up the building to the public and re-establish views into and out of the building
- construction of learning spaces and a carriage display gallery adjacent to the new park café with improvements to the visitor reception, signage and gift shop.
While the work is underway, the museum’s education programme will be delivered from the small mansion next door, and it is hoped to provide access to the museum’s collection through temporary displays and a digital portal.
Councillor Sachin Gupta, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure at Hounslow Council, explains: “Though it’s sad to see the much-loved museum close temporarily, the renovation work will help to make Gunnersbury a standout London attraction for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come