V&A SILVER GALLERIES

GRADE 1     alteration & redisplay

A complex project to re-display the National Silver Collection within the old ceramic galleries, located in the oldest part of the Museum. The project involved the removal of inappropriate alterations to the enfilade of galleries, repair and restoration of lost decorative features such as the freestanding majolica-clad columns. The decorative ceiling was also reconstructed, complete with replica gasolier light fittings, based on glass-plate photographs. A new decorative dado carried improved heating and side showcases. Formation of new study areas with hands-on and computer interactives. High spec showcases  including self-lit pull-out drawers. New services including heating, lighting, emergency and security. All accomplished within an operational museum. The full team, led by Thomas Ford and Partners, comprised architects, exhibition designer Ronayne:Design, services engineers, quantity surveyor, and conservators.

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