North Hertfordshire Museum
North Hertfordshire Museum is next door to the refurbished Town Hall in Brand Street, Hitchin, which displays collections relating to local history and heritage. Arranged over two floors, it comprises an entrance, shop and café, three galleries of permanent displays focusing mostly on the history of North Hertfordshire district, a temporary exhibitions gallery with a changing and varied programme, and a smaller display space in the upstairs Terrace Gallery.
The museum has three galleries containing permanent exhibitions – Discovering North Herts, Living in North Herts and The Terrace Gallery – and two temporary exhibition spaces. The permanent displays focus on the history of the district, from 90 million years ago, through the arrival of the first people and the gradual transformation of the landscape to the present day. There are displays about different characters who have lived in the area, how people lived in the past and the animals found in local gardens. Two temporary exhibition spaces have a varied programme of displays. The project is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
client North Hertfordshire Museum role Head of design at Nicholasalexander Ltd
services provided 3D Design, engineering and fabrication
location Hitchin, England
Nicholas Alexander Ltd fitted the museum out with Corian clad joinery to house a number of display cases and exhibits. The internal structures and Corian cladding were all 3D CAD modeled by our in house design team and pre fabricated in our workshop to be taken to site for installation.Also fabricated were a range of complex interactive exhibits and their intricate internal mechanisms. These interactive mechanisms performed a range of exciting processes for members of the public to engage with.
Some of these included:
Biggin House: A model of Hitchin’s Biggin House where visitors looked through the window to see four 360 degree rotating interior scenes.
Each scene triggers an AV file which then projected into the interior using holographic film.
Pharmacy: A large pharmacy counter which lit up different sections of the human body and remedy’s when users triggered certain objects or opened the drawers.
Matching Pairs: A pair of graphic drum displays which rotated to reveal different illustrations. Once aligned correctly the correct answer would be illuminated.