The Sedgwick Museum plans to re-develop the front of house and retail area over the course of spring 2013, aiming for the project to be completed in time for Easter holidays. The space is currently quite restrictive in terms of access for visitors and also lacks sufficient merchandising space. This project will provide new units, display cases, storage and desk area and release significantly more floor space.
The results of this project should increase profits by ensuring greater sales through increased quantities and variety of stock on offer. In turn this will support the sustainability and staffing of this area of the Museum.
Visitor Services Assistants currently provide the only front of house information and security presence for the Museum’s galleries and are a crucial role. As visitor numbers continue to increase at the Sedgwick these posts are becoming ever more critical to the successful functioning of the Museum. The outcomes of this project will financially support these roles for the benefit of the public and the collections. Further profits from this endeavour will go to support the improvement of museum exhibitions and facilities as well as staff development.
Apple Display Ltd, who have worked with several of the University Museums already, have consulted and drawn up plans for the new area and aim to begin work at the beginning of March.