Call for residents to help shape the future of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Residents and businesses are being asked to share their views on what the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery building should become in the future.
Doncaster Council, in partnership with HemingwayDesign, are looking at potential options for this iconic mid-20th Century building as the new Central Library and Museum is set to open in summer 2020.
The museum will become the new home of Doncaster Archives but to get a feel for what else people would like to see inside the building and on the surrounding grounds, they can complete a short online survey and help shape its future.
The survey will stay open until Friday 18 October 2019.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is an important building in the Civic and Cultural Quarter. As part of the overarching Urban Centre Masterplan we are delivering top quality facilities and attractions in Waterdale and other parts of our town centre which will encourage more visitors and footfall and support new jobs and economic growth.
“Once the new Central Library and Museum opens next year, the Modernist style building can be re-used for other complementary purposes which will enhance this major regeneration programme and our exciting plans for Doncaster and the wider borough.”
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “Moving forward, the Museum will be home to our future Archives and can also work as part of a more creative approach to archive provision.
“To help create our new plans for this wonderful building we really want to find out what ideas residents, businesses and interested parties have in mind. Please complete the short survey and share your views.”
Wayne Hemingway of HemingwayDesign, said: “The Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is a wonderfully located, beautifully designed building that has stood the test of time and has the ability to now embark on a new productive life and contribute positively to Doncaster’s future . We want to hear from anyone who has ideas or something to say on the subject!”
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery was opened on Friday 30 October 1964 by the late Princess Margaret, accompanied by her husband at the time photographer and filmmaker the Earl of Snowden.
The building was designed by the council’s architect Mr L J Tucker who designed many other local buildings during the period such as Rose Hill Crematorium.
It cost £290,000 and was the first in the country to be totally funded by a local authority. It was built to replace the earlier Beechfield Museum which used to stand on the site now occupied by the council’s Civic Office.
The building takes inspiration from the Swiss-French Modernist architect Le Corbusier and has some fascinating architectural elements.
The frame and general construction is reinforced concrete. It features exposed concrete ribs with the upper tier clad in random marble slabs. The lower tier is predominantly hand-made rustic brickwork with several elegant mosaic tiled panels each with a central roundel set in a square setting. These colourful, unique panels are framed with decorative hardwood panels.
Two striking pieces of modern art are attached to the building. Epicentre is an abstract piece by the prolific Czech sculptor Franta Belsky and ‘Muse & Artist’ by Anglo-Spanish academic Fabio Barraclough shows two figures protruding from the wall holding an empty picture frame.
More information on how to get involved can be found at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/museumfuture
Further information on plans will be released later in the year after all the feedback has been considered.