The Museum does not (yet) exist as a physical location, yet in building its website, I wonder if I am designing a blueprint.
Most of my concerns are how to shape the museum’s contents into the formats of websites (this is WordPress, for example), a task at which like many I am a non-specialist.
But here is a draft plan for the Museum
Ground Floor – Home Page
A reception area, with some information and directions to other parts of the Museum. A place for some news updates and social media links.
An information desk, or About and History section, which sets out the purpose and aims of the Museum, and some details about Dr James Lattin.
The shop, which mainly sells publications and has its own separate website.
It might be nice to have a few objects on this floor as well, to give people a feel of what to expect.
Basement – A functional storage area
A place for things which don’t quite fit anywhere else. Somewhere people can go but also has a variety of things which might not be of much interest.
First Floor – The Permanent Collection
I can’t actually think of anything to go into here, which is a worrying sign. There are plenty of historic artefacts but I feel they should go into the upper floors. Maybe I’ll just start with a small table or shelf with a theme…
Second Floor – Temporary Exhibition
This floor is empty at the moment, which provides a good place to lay out things and have heaps of things. In due course it will be the place to present a series of themed exhibitions. Sometimes this will be dedicated to other museums with a similar ethos.
Third Floor – Research Offices
This floor contains a series of rooms which I imagine looking somewhat like Fox Mulder’s office in the FBI basement. They are not open to the public but there is a summary of research areas available – e.g. Wayside Archaeology.
There are also offices for Dr James Lattin (museum curator) and the Imaginative Press.
Fourth Floor – Historic Collections
Here are some objects and displays from the Museum’s past. I’m actually not that sure whether this floor is needed as I don’t want to have a lot of historic things. Maybe this could be combined with the basement.