LOOKING AHEAD 2021-22
Before we look ahead I would like to thank all of the Volunteers who kept faith with the museum through what was a very difficult year with the Pandemic restrictions and the delays in securing Phase 2 conservation works and progress towards a new lease.
There was also sadness at the sudden loss of Derek Jennings a real stalwart of the Maintenance Crew and worthy recipient of a SHARE Museums East Silver Owl to celebrate 25 years of Volunteering.
We also lost a driving force in bringing the museum to fruition with the death of Lord Robin Walpole a staunch supporter and long-time Trustee of the museum and who we hoped to appoint as our Patron of the newly formed Museum Trust.
So now it is time to look forward, starting with Phase 2 Conservation Work.
Phase 2 scope of work is drawn from a Major Authoritive Survey that was carried out in 2016 to inform the Trust and National Grid Property of what works are required to keep the Museum (formed on the Fakenham Town Gasworks) in top condition befitting of it`s status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and being of Outstanding Evidential Value (OEV) just a reminder that it is the last remaining complete Town Gasworks in England and Wales, sister gasworks can be found at Bigger in Scotland and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
Rather than getting bogged down with lots of information I think it better to outline the scope of work and then provide an update as the works progress, perhaps even dig the Brownie Box Camera out.
The scope of works addresses
i) General conservation of structures, buildings, processes and addresses the overall appearance of the site
ii) Specific conservation of the Gasholder but no the crown in this phase Gas Riser Pipework in Retort House
iii) Electrical system rewire and up-grade
iv) Smartening up the external finish to boundaries and buildings new signage.
Works programmed to start week commencing W/C 26/07/21 Target completion W/C 03/09/21
Updates to follow