Architect: Design 5 Architects
Builder: A J Bristow and Sons Pty Ltd
Client: Australian Long Gallery Museum
Location: Cnr of College and William Street, Sydney
Work Completed by Active Metal
Cast iron balustrades, glazed balustrade panels, timber handrails, staircase
From an Egyptian Mummy to Ned Kelly, the recently reopened Australian Long Gallery at the Australian Museum sees visitors uncovering the stories of 200 treasures within a space that is truly a treasure of its own.
As Australia’s first gallery, the Long Gallery is a historical space that has been restored to its former glory through a $9 million project that brought together public, corporate and private funds to breathe new life into the 1857 balconied gallery. After almost two years of restoration, conservation and design, the Long Gallery was reopened to the Australian public in October 2017.
The Active Metal was honoured to be involved with the restoration of this grand space, working alongside BCG&E Clients Engineer and A J Bristow and Sons Pty Ltd to replicate the original cast iron balustrades whilst also working on a variety of miscellaneous works – including the re-creation of cast balustrades to match the originals, timber handrails, a new entry staircase and even the creation of an Irish Elk Support frame!