Design proposals for the new Museum of Military Medicine in Cardiff will be unveiled at a public exhibition taking place from midday on Monday 3 July to 6pm on Tuesday 4 July 2017. The exhibition will be held at the City Centre Campus of Cardiff and Vale College (the Atrium) on Dumballs Road, Cardiff, and will detail the proposals and plans for the museum’s relocation from Keogh Barracks near Aldershot to Cardiff Bay.
The Museum of Military Medicine features the collections of the four corps of the Army Medical Services and by moving to Cardiff the museum aims to tell the story of military medicine and its benefits to the wider public in a modern, immersive and interactive way. The museum will not only house a fantastic collection of artefacts, including uniforms and insignia, medical, dental and veterinary equipment and ambulances, but also has an extensive library and archive that records the many stories of those that have served and their achievements.
The move is part of a bid to create an outward facing, more inclusive, cultural enterprise within Cardiff, with the proposal being positively received by Cardiff Council. A spokesman at Cardiff Council said, “Cardiff Council recognises the significance of bringing a national collection to the city as part of its tourism offer as it seeks to establish itself as a European capital.” The new museum will run an active education and outreach programme as well as establishing partnerships across South Wales.
The site for the new building lies at the junction of Lloyd George Avenue, one of the major routes connecting Cardiff City centre to Cardiff Bay, and Hemingway Road. Strategically located opposite the former Grade II Listed Bute Street Railway Station, it is also close to other historic and cultural icons within the city, such as the Wales Millennium Centre, The Coal Exchange, The Senedd and the Pier Head Building. It is adjacent to Bute Town, which is currently undergoing regeneration. International design practice Scott Brownrigg has created the design and public realm proposals for the stunning new building, which suitably reinforces the building’s status as the “first National UK Museum in Wales” and reflects the museum’s desire to promote transparency and openness, while carefully considering the surrounding context. .
Watch an animated video of the Museum of Military Medicine below.