NORFOLK Museums Service
Ancient House

Design Award

The architects and members of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service with their awardThe Ancient House, Museum of Thetford Life won the 2007 RICS award for best building conservation project in the Eastern Region.

Curator, Oliver Bone, said:

We are delighted with the result and would like to thank all the team that worked on the project, in particular our architects Nigel Sunter and Iain Walker from Purcell Miller Tritton. We would also like to thank our contractors Draper and Nichols who were so careful with the grade one listed historic building.

Marianne Suhr, presenter of the BBC's 'Restoration' programme, gave the award to the Ancient House team at the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors ceremony at Ickworkth House. The award comes after an extensive lottery-funded refurbishment and redisplay of the Ancient House. The project carried out sensitive conservation work that will ensure the long-term future of this important listed building. It extended the house to create more space for displays and visitor facilities and included a top-to-toe re-display of the museum using films, audio guides hands-on displays and costumed characters to bring the museum and its stories to life.