This week we’ve had specialist site investigators on site, making trial pits and bore holes around the main Archives building. Thankfully, most of the work was outdoors. But we couldn’t avoid the hole in the visitor coffee lounge – sorry!
These geological investigations will tell us about the engineering and environmental characteristics of the areas we plan to develop or build on. And our project architects will use this information to fine tune decisions about building design, including the sorts of foundations we’re going to need for the new strongrooms and Heritage Hub spaces, which is pretty exciting!
We appreciate it has been a bit noisy this week but the work is paving the way for project dreams to become a reality, so please bear with us.
We will be able to announce a start date soon – so watch this space!
In other news…
Heritage Open Days (8-11 Sept)
The city is proud to take part in the national Heritage Open Days’ Scheme. The Open Days encourage people to discover the wonderful diversity of our local heritage and in Gloucester members of the public have the opportunity to go behind doors and gates that are normally closed to the public; some of the city’s real gems are hidden from the first-time visitor. The Open Days give people an opportunity to discover and explore the wonders of the city. Many volunteers lead guided tours of the city and buildings, often in traditional costume and make history come alive. Find out more at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting and search for Gloucester.