Dorset County Museum
The Dorset County Museum, founded in 1846, will be renovated and extended within a landlocked site in the centre of Dorchester. The site is defined by Roman archaeology and historic buildings from the 19th century. The museum’s collection includes over four million items associated with archaeology, geology, literature and fine art.
The project will give public access to the entire collection by creating a purpose-built basement archive that will provide a mixture of climate-controlled storage, research, curatorial and conservation workspaces. Above ground, a network of new gallery and exhibition rooms will provide a diverse range of daylit environments for thematic display.
The form of the new buildings will comprise a dense roofscape that makes sense of the surrounding urban morphology and gives new and old architecture the coherence of a large-scale public building.
Client: Dorset County Museum
Location: Dorchester, Dorset
Renders: Forbes Massie
Model Photography: Richard Davies