Things have been pretty busy this last few weeks at Balhousie Castle. It is exciting watching the extension really begin to take shape and seeing the new layout of the castle interior slowly materialise. The new layout will be achieved largely through knocking down walls to create bigger rooms to house the galleries.
One example of this is on the second floor. What used to be three separate rooms (thearchive office, the Royal Colonels-in-Chief room and the First World War room) is becoming one big room which will house the Second World War room in the new Museum. Right now the construction workers are in the process of taking down the wall between the Colonels-in-Chief room and the First World War room. It is a very thick wall made of solid stone and it has been interesting to watch how they go about demolishing it.
They started out by drilling huge holes through the solid stone in the top of the wall, through which they inserted steel needles to support the ceiling while the wall is demolished. The only downside to all the demolition work is all the stone dust in the air!
This week they have also been prepping to build the first floor of the extension. The ground floor is looking good and is going to be very spacious! Walking around it now you can see where the café, education room and new shop will all eventually be. These rooms are now full of steel supports for the construction of the first floor.
For now the museum staff still has access to our offices in the Castle but you never know what tomorrow will bring. For now it is great seeing the changes take place as we walk through the site every day.