Norris Museum

Norris Museum

St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Exploring an interative puzzle on Huntingdonshire’s heritage at Norris Museum, St

Following on from providing support for a successful HLF bid, PLB were contracted to expand and redesign the museum, which houses the collection belonging to amateur historian Herbert Norris, to create a more welcoming and engaging environment for all ages.

PLB redesigned and reordered the museum, including the reception to provide a multi-functional welcome area with clear views to the galleries and a strengthened retail offer. Engaging new interpretation points were designed and built to be respectful and reflective of the architectural quality of the space, whilst some existing cases were modified to bring them up to exhibition standard. A recreation of Norris’ study using his original desk, incorporated many interactive elements, including ‘index cards’, maps and prints and smaller 3D replica objects to capture the visitor’s imagination.

Visitors exploring the Norris Museum's exhibition space
Visitors exploring medieval and Roman exhibition artefacts

Norris 4

“…the most charming museum I have ever come across. Although it is small, it is very well thought out and there is plenty to interest not only adults but children too…. many hands-on activities…. a real gem of a place.”

Norris 3

“Although it is small, it’s very well thought out and there’s plenty to interest not only adults but children too. Utterly enchanting”

Norris 2

“A hidden gem in St Ives which has had a complete refurbishment, where children are encouraged to touch things which helps them explore. We loved it.”

Norris 1

“PLB have provided support in all areas of the design development process. In particular, their contribution to content development, story-shaping and tone of voice has been of great quality and subsequently of huge value to our small team.”

Sarah Russell, Museum Director


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