WML ANNEXE TO THE
Winner of the Victoria Rashbone Award, Manchester Letherium Ideas Competition 2005
- The Wildgoose Memorial Library [WML] Annexe to the
Manchester Letherium [ML] (which takes its inspiration from the roof top
extension of San Cataldo in Palermo, Sicily) will be situated upon the
uppermost floor of the main Letherium building.
- Based upon George Hepplewhite's 1794 design for a
cabinet, the Annexe will be entirely constructed from reclaimed, storm damaged,
or otherwise neglected, wood. Where possible, reclaimed windows, frames, doors,
furniture, locks, switches, etc., will be used.
- Significant to the interior design of the WML
Cabinet will be the cases provided to house WML/ML objects: these will be
sourced and supplied under the same terms as those of the Letherium accessions
- ie by receiving de-accessioned cases from museums and other institutions.
- The WML Cabinet will house a permanent exhibition
of WML objects, supplemented by selected items from the De-Accessions
collection of the Letherium, with temporary installations from time to time.
- Invitations will be offered to museums for
temporary loan of items -
especially those long held in storage with no hope of being displayed in the
foreseeable future due to damage, dirt, or general curatorial disinterest.
- Within the WML Annexe, undue conservation is to be
avoided. Emphasis will be placed upon the right of an object to expire at its
own natural rate, and - arguably - to remain interesting as it does so.
- Every reasonable care will be taken not to hasten
dissolution, especially through loss or gross neglect.
- The Keeper offers to be in attendance on a bi-weekly
basis to meet the public, and to offer a consultation service to visitors based
upon consideration of objects from either the WML/ML, and/or, visitors' own,
- Tea will be served to visitors for consultations in the
WML Cabinet by the Keeper (prepared in the WML kitchen situated to the rear of
the Cabinet Annexe, and served using the WML's distinctive tea service).
- The WML Cabinet will be available by arrangement for
visitors to use as an area for quiet study.
- Natural light will be an important aspect of the design
of the WML Cabinet. Wooden Venetian blinds will be fitted to all windows; care
will be taken to keep the rooms shaded whenever possible - but with the
opportunity to allow full daylight to be introduced for short periods during
consultations, study, etc.
- There will be no air conditioning in the WML Cabinet
- There will be a fully operational open fire in the WML
Cabinet Annexe for use during winter months.
- The Annexe will be self-contained - with its own main
entrance, as well as an entrance from within the Letherium main building - and
there will be accommodation for the Keeper or other approved Letherium visitors
to stay overnight.
- A small roof garden will surround the Cabinet, planted
and tended at the discretion of the Keeper (see San Cataldo).
- There shall be only the most discreet signage to the WML
Cabinet Annexe within the Letherium main building. However, full details about
the WML's presence, times for consultations, etc. are to be included in all ML
information and on notice boards.