Historically, the St Albans Museum was situated in a low footfall area. The old building was out of date, not easily accessible and the Museum team found it hard to attract visitors and important national touring exhibitions.

Mowat & Company worked with St Albans Council, with imagination, logic and rigour to move the museum into the centre of the city by showing how the old law courts could be refurbished into a new facility for both the Museum and an Art Gallery with flexible spaces for hire and hosting civic events.

For this project, Mowat & Company developed a ‘kit-of-parts’ that are materially aligned with the historic building’s simple palette Oak, brass, a muted set of soft greys. The kit is able to showcase anything from a Roman coin to a modern day work of art. These “parts” can be moved around the gallery allowing for receptions and events to take place without disrupting the look and feel of the exhibitions featured within them. Key to this was also to devise a circulation strategy for each gallery use ‘scenario’, allowing the gallery to schedule events to fit exhibitions rather than missing opportunities because of change overs.

Photography by  Cecelina Tornberg