Working with the National Army Museum on the Building for the future project

6 January 2014 11:45

Blind Veterans UK have been working closely with the National Army Museum on their 'Building for the future' project which will go ahead in 2014.

On Thursday 30 January Esther Freeman, Art & Craft Manager at Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre, will be attending the National Army Museum Director General New Year's drinks reception to mark our involvement with their latest outreach projects.

The National Army Museum was established by Royal Charter to tell the story of the Land Forces of the Crown wherever they were raised. Opened by the Queen in 1960, it moved to its current site in Chelsea in 1971. Nowadays the museum explores the impact of the British Army on the story of Britain, Europe and the world; how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and our future and how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.

One of the projects that Blind Veterans UK has been involved in is the development of content for galleries ahead of refurbishment in 2014 as part of the 'Building for the future' project. This will see a radical transformation of the National Army Museum's offer for on-site, off-site and online audiences.

The Building for the future project focuses on four key audiences; visitor experience, learning opportunities, outreach work with organisations like Blind Veterans UK and sustainability in terms of working methods. The project is the culmination for five years planning and will cost £23.5m. As part of this project the museum is looking to work with groups such as Blind Veterans UK to trial multi-sensory resources in the museum.

Janice Murray, Director General of the National Army Museum said "The redeveloped National Army Museum will provide an outstanding visitor experience with accessible and engaging exhibitions and activities which will inspire, inform and delight our local, national and digital museum audiences."

Looking to the future, Blind Veterans UK will also be on the board of an informal decision panel for the upcoming Soldiers' Art Project which will involve contemporary artists and soldiers who are in rehabilitation over the next two years.