Museum plans landscape tie-in

Goal is to extend interpretation of collection from inside to out.

A firm of landscape architects is hoping to make an exhibition of its skills by designing a museum’s grounds to tie in with gallery themes inside. Land Use Consultants is expecting to rework part of the 16ha grounds of London’s Horniman Museum to complement internal gallery spaces. “We are looking at how to extend interpretation of the collection from inside to outside,” said landscape architect and principal Dominic Cole. The museum, in Forest Hill, south London, shows off anthropology relics, natural-history items and rare musical instruments. “We will use our experience from both the Eden Project and Chelsea Physic Garden to look at how to represent natural history and music through landscape.” The £3m landscape is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid. If successful, the one-year project will start around the end of next year. Land Use Consultants has just finished a three-year park restoration at Alexandra Palace in north London. The £3.5m project involved “bringing it all up to date and being good housekeepers,” said Cole. Work included nature conservation, designing three playgrounds, traffic-calming measures and replacing buildings such as cafés. Cole is working on a management plan for Hampstead Heath, which is currently involved in a public consultation. His firm is also working on two competition wins.

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