Behind the scenes - planetarium refurbishment

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Work has begun on our wonderful new planetarium! Here's John Moran from the planetarium to tell us how it's going so far...

Staff in the planetarium

The refurbishment of the Planetarium is now under way! Standing there watching as this historic part of the museum was being ripped out, which has been a part of my life for 7 years, I couldn’t believe how brutal everything seemed. Our star projector was stripped down to the bear bones and all the wires and connections were pulled out and snipped with wire cutters. I think I actually felt every cut!

But I know that the end result will be worth it. The shelving which surrounds the seats has now been removed, so this makes the Planetarium seem much bigger. When the work is finished it will look as though the dome is actually floating in mid-air. It's going to be a fantastic experience for visitors! Watch this space for further progress reports.