In Worthing, new life for a splendid Edwardian Museum

Proposals for the renovation and expansion of the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery were unveiled last week by Worthing Borough Council. Conceived by Allies and Morrison, the plans will enlarge the Gallery’s exhibition spaces through a careful reconfiguration of its Grade II listed Edwardian home. The initial design proposals also include a new glass-fronted extension which will contain a cafe within a courtyard garden and new retail spaces.

The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of fine and decorative art, including the third largest costume collection in the country. Most of its 30,000 objects remain in storage, and it is hoped that this extension will enable more of these objects to be shared with the public. The project will also help to support the Museum’s ambitions to become a national centre for costume research.

Speaking to The Worthing Herald, Allies and Morrison’s Paul Appleton said, “This project is about revealing the character of the building and, in doing so, making a museum which is impressive and simple to navigate on a first visit but rewards those who return again and again.”