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Caithness News Bulletins April 2004
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|FURTHER PROGRESS WITH REDEVELOPMENT OF THURSO TOWN
Plans to redevelop Thurso Town Hall and the adjoining Thurso Museum into a multi-purpose visitor, information and community centre called "Caithness Horizons" have taken a key step forward with the appointment of a specialist exhibition design team to develop the internal design of the revamped building and a museum assistant to audit and catalogue the museum collections.
MKW Design Partnership from Edinburgh will work closely with Property and Architectural Services of The Highland Council to develop the theme of "Caithness Horizons" for the interior design of the building. The visitor/exhibition areas will present a journey through time which reflects the history and the rich heritage of Caithness by means of interpretive displays which will include an audio visual presentation. There will also be spaces provided for the staging of temporary exhibitions. The completion of the design will then enable funding applications to be supported with fully designed and costed proposals.
Working with the design consultants will be Alan McIvor, the volunteer exhibitions co-ordinator with the Thurso Heritage Society, who is being seconded for 17 weeks by The Highland Council to work as a museums assistant, auditing and cataloguing more than 3,000 items held in storage by the Society and the Council.
The main components are proposed to be: -
Convener of The Highland Council's Caithness Area Committee, Councillor David Flear has welcomed the progress being made on the project.
He said: "It is important that the public see things happening and we are delighted to have taken these further steps towards our goal of transforming the Town Hall into a focal point for the local community and visitors alike."
Plans For New Visitor Centre At Thurso Town Hall