The museum is now closed for redevelopment. We are currently in the building phase of our project.

Brampton Is Growing (BiG) – Transforming learning and visitor experiences at the Museum

This project will enable Brampton Museum & Gallery to welcome more diverse audiences and offer more meaningful and enjoyable visits with a range of improvements including


Work is continuing apace on site. The new Learning and Exhibitions spaces are built and we're now at the flooring and painting and decorating stage. 

We are now planning our return to the mueum to prepare it for opening. There is a great deal of work to do as we will be redisplaying the ground floor galleries,

showing new objects and telling new stories about our borough and its people. We also need to set up the cafe, shop and activity spaces and do quite a lot of dusting of course!

The BIG news is that Elise Turner, our new Heritage Activities and Events Officer started in her new role yesterday (September 8). Elise will be with us for three years and her mission in that time is to organise lots of new and wonderful heritage activities at the museum to new and existing audiences. Elise will be well known to many of our visitors and the local community as she has worked locally in the heritage sector and other community organisations for many years. We're SO pleased to have her on our team.


Her post, and the activity programme, have been funded  by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


A view to the park in the new Learning and Activity Space. Lots of lovely natural light! This will be the space we use to teach schools groups about heritage . It will also be used for a multitude of other heritage activities. It gives a new view out onto the park, bringing the outside in for the first time.

At other times it will be available for community groups and other to hire. 

Our new shop/refreshment area is taking shape. We will use this space as a shop/craft shop and a refreshment area. Again this area has natural light and it'll be a great place to have a cuppa after visiting the museum or taking part in an activity/event.
We are serious about reducing our carbon footprint and wanted our new spaces to be as eco friendly as possible. We have had solar cells installed on the Learning and Activity Space. The exhibition space will have a heat exchange pump for green heating and cooling. Everything is fully insulated too of course.


New learning and exhibitions space

More of our collection on display – new objects, telling new stories in new ways

New 3 year activity programme for everyone

Better care of the collections for future generations to enjoy

New volunteer and public research space

Working with our local community to create better museum displays

Expanded volunteer opportunities to help us share Newcastle’s stories.

New opportunities for income generation via retail sales & community hire

Temporary exhibitions gallery reflecting the vibrant local history, arts & culture of the area.

We will post regular updates on our project here and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

This exciting project would not be possible without the support of the following organisations- Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, RED Industries Landfill Communities Trust, Appetite and the Friends of the Museum. It would also not be possible without the donations we have received over the years from our visitors. Every penny has contributed to this project. Thank you!

Page last updated 23 July 2021