Hidden from the high street and surrounded by car parks, Sevenoaks Library and Museum had poor visitor numbers. The museum had no new acquisitions in over a decade and was in danger of being deregistered.
Arts and Heritage Consultant Timothy Mason’s report ‘Shaking the Kaleidoscope’ opted to turn the weak collection into a virtue, proposing a beacon library service, working cross domain and extending its work through creative partnerships
Gutted, extended, radically remodelled and rebranded, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope museum, library and gallery is a dynamic and inspirational venue which engages the community by providing:
- A regional art gallery and museum capable of borrowing from national collections
- Flexible event programming and a flexible learning space which expands the range of activities for school groups and workshops
- A museum workshop open to the public for hands-on conservation
- Bespoke furniture and displays integrating books, artefacts and art
- Specially commissioned site specific public artworks and installations
The first library nationally to receive Heritage Lottery Funding for innovative programming rather than the merit of the existing building or collection.
A significant increase in footfall. The Kaleidoscope is a hub for the local community, hosting a wide variety of exhibitions from local schools and artists.
This sparked a renewed interest in history and conservation within the community, from whom the museum is now acquiring local artefacts.