Unearthing the hidden treasures of this important monastic site
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens opened in August 2016 after a £4.5 million major re-development. Mather & Co developed the interpretation plan and exhibition design for the new scheme and guided the project through a successful grant process with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The new displays have allowed the museum to display more collections than ever before. A large-scale and striking open storage display runs the entire length of the ground floor gallery providing space for more archaeological finds to be presented to visitors and stored in a safe way. Thanks to Wellcome Trust support, interactive exhibits use cutting-edge technology and science to bring to life skeletons buried at the site, and exploratory and sensory exhibits encourage visitors to discover the evidence for themselves. The first floor gallery now offers unobstructed views of the ruins of the excavated site below. From this unique vantage point, visitors can connect to the former building and the landscape beyond using viewfinders and physical interactivity.
The project was supported by main funder the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside The Wellcome Trust, Garfield Weston, Foyle Foundation, WREN, Granada Foundation, Arts Council England, Wolfson Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust.
Norton Priory Museum Trust & Halton Borough Council
Exhibition Design Consultancy & Interpretation Plan Development
— Frank Hargrave, Director at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens“We are excited to welcome visitors to the newly transformed Norton Priory Museum and are thrilled with the work Mather & Co have done to create a hugely engaging attraction. We are sure that the renovation will allow Norton Priory to live up to its full potential as a national tourist destination.”