Feasibility study for First Garden City Heritage Museum, Letchworth



Feasibility study for First Garden City Heritage Museum, Letchworth Picture

Letchworth in Hertfordshire was the first Garden City in the world and is now a thriving, attractive town still featuring the visionary planning of the great social reformer Ebenezer Howard. The existing First garden City Heritage Museum is now too small to tell the story of town planning in the Garden City and its influence elsewhere in the world and we were commissioned by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to prepare a feasibility study for a new larger and broader-based museum.

We undertook a detailed concept analysis looking at the balance between specialist museum and community museum and the important educational function for residents and international academics in a new museum development in the centre of the town. Extensive consultation, including visitor surveys at both museums in the town, was undertaken with site visits to comparable facilities and subsequent detailed discussions with the local authority, HLF and representatives of the Foundation.

A full feasibility and business plan has being prepared, pending acquisition of the site.