Abingdon County Hall Museum

Visitors now have access to the rooftop, where they can take in a bird’s eye view of the town. Keeping with tradition. 4,000 locally baked currant buns were thrown from the newly opened rooftop to the waiting crowds below in celebration of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton.

Following a complete refurbishment, including the basement, visitors can now enjoy three new galleries on the museum’s second floor, a bespoke education and community learning space, a public seating area with access to on-screen and large-print information, a café and a lift.

The carefully planned programme paid close attention to the historical features and unique heritage of the building. Insulation, heating, services and facilities were all carried out to the highest conservation standards.

During works, r the roof had to be entirely renovated and reconstructed so that the protective leading could be completely replaced. Cleaning and restoration of the external walls was also shielded by netting.

Abingdon Town Council hopes the improved facilities will increase visitor figures by over 50%.