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Helping to tell Folkestone’s story

Folkestone has a stylish new museum within the Town Hall following a £1.95m project that has transformed parts of the listed building.

Godden Allen Lawn worked closely with a project team that included the client, Folkestone Town Council, a project manager, structural engineer, building services engineers, exhibition designers and contractors.

Together we’ve transformed the lower ground floor and parts of the upper ground floor and first floors into a smart new facility that includes not just the museum – which includes an education area and specialist storage facilities – but a new council chamber that doubles as a cinema.

Folkestone Town Council was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to support the ambitious scheme and employed Godden Allen Lawn for the architectural design and to take on the role of lead design consultant. The building opened to the public earlier this summer.

The work involved extensive structural alterations, waterproofing to the lower ground floor, and the creation of new toilet facilities. The complete refurbishment included installing a lift to make the premises accessible to all, and was followed by a re-fit by museum specialists.

The lower ground floor was once home to Folkestone Police, and during the work we uncovered an intact police cell, complete with prisoners’ graffiti in the grouting between the old glazed ceramic tiles. This was retained and can be seen in the education area as a fascinating reminder of the history of the building. See more here.

The museum in the Town Hall

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