Work creating an ‘instantly recognisable’ and ‘memorable experience’ on the forecourt of Wrexham Museum, is well underway.
The new scheme, which is being funded by a £50,000 grant from WREN’S FCC Community Action Fund, will provide a relaxing, informative and fun environment once it opens in March 2017.
Once complete the museum forecourt will feature bespoke benches, interpretation display units and panels, exterior lighting, signage and heritage trail.
The scheme has been designed to make the area instantly recognisable and create a memorable experience as people learn and explore about the history of the town and its people.
It will also create a new and enjoyable experience for all ages on the forecourt and lends itself to a sense of adventure and discovery.
A design plan has now been produced and work on the signage units has begun, which will complement the design of the Museum building.
Karen Harris, manager of Wrexham Museum forecourt scheme, is excited that the project is starting to take shape.
She said: “It’s great to see our vision for this community and visitor facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding WREN has given us and we’re looking forward to opening to the public.”
As part of the project local stonemason has started work on carving a replica of Brymbo Man – Wrexham’s oldest known inhabitant – from red sandstone.
A scale model of the Acton Dog has also been produced and the new sculpture will feature on the forecourt, welcoming people to come and explore the history of the town and its people.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “I am very pleased to see this project taking shape for opening in the spring.
“The Wrexham Museum is an incredible asset to the town and is enjoyed by visitors and members of the public alike, so it’s excellent to see that the additions to the forecourt will help to develop it is a resource and attraction.”
Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for North Wales, added: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting the local community and visitors to Wrexham.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
(It has also been pointed out to us the odd photoshopped face on the above plan – we think it is the Brymbo Man!)