Extra £300,000 to be spent on wood panelling and feature lighting at new St Albans museum and gallery

PUBLISHED: 14:58 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 25 September 2017

Scaffolding around the Old Town Hall as it is transformed into a museum. Photo: DANNY LOO

Scaffolding around the Old Town Hall as it is transformed into a museum. Photo: DANNY LOO

Danny Loo Photography 2016

An extra £319,000 is being spent on creating the new St Albans museum and art gallery to attract tourism.

The ballroom at the old town hall. Picture: DANNY LOOThe ballroom at the old town hall. Picture: DANNY LOO

St Albans district council is currently transforming the town hall into a £7.75m museum and gallery.

The council’s commercial and development portfolio holder Cllr Julian Daly said: “This is a large-scale and highly ambitious project. At this stage in construction we have an opportunity to deliver additional enhancements within existing budgets.

“The money will go towards improvements to the original designs. We want the very best for St Albans and this will help us we get that.”

£50k is being spent on a “high-quality finish” to the Edwardian courtroom’s wood panelling, which will be illuminated by new feature lighting.

The new basement in St Albans museum which will be a lower gallery room. Picture: Danny LooThe new basement in St Albans museum which will be a lower gallery room. Picture: Danny Loo

Feature lighting, used to highlight particular parts of a room, is also being installed on the glazed walkways and the main staircase.

£80k is being spent on security measures, and another £50K is being spent on underfloor heating.

A further £35,000 is for secondary glazing in the assembly room.

£181k of the new money is coming from other council budgets, including £100K from the Abbey View athletics track redevelopment.

Part of the money is from the project’s budget, and part is from monies given to the council by developers and leisure services company 1Life.

The council hope to raise £1.7m from fundraising to pay for the project, which is envisioned 
as a major tourist attraction in the future.

Portfolio holder for culture, Cllr Annie Brewster, said: “Our mission is to create a truly fantastic museum and art gallery that will be a major visitor attraction, and will greatly improve the district’s cultural life.

“We are well on the way to doing that and these additional investments in the building will ensure the finish is of the highest quality.”

The spending was approved by the council cabinet, who were told the museum should open by mid-2018.

Details of sponsorship opportunities are available from the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust at bit.ly/2hklF4M

More news stories


Religious groups in St Albans came together to discuss the possibility of peace between Israel and Palestine.


The headteacher of a school facing cuts in admissions has hit back at claims that the primary is less desirable than other establishments in the city.

Around 16,500 people enjoyed the Christmas lights switch-on in St Albans on Sunday.

All four lanes of the M25 anticlockwise between Junctions 25 and 27 are now closed after a multiple-vehicle crash.


Recently we, as a family (minus two of the kids), visited The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. I had never been before, which is perhaps amiss of me as a birdwatcher as it is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or RSPB and only 45 minutes drive from home.

Digital Edition

Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards