An architect and designer have been appointed to develop plans for the ambitious £1.8million extension of the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. Bristol-based architects, Ferguson Mann, will be working alongside designer Jeff Bellingham of Scribble and Nonsense, to draw up plans for the proposed work on the Long Bridge side of the building. A public consultation is underway, giving the community the opportunity to help shape the design of the new gallery. People can vote for their favourite ideas at the museum reception. Alongside this, a fundraising and consultation team has been set up to support the project. Councillor for leisure and culture, Dick Jones, said: The museums exciting project for a new extension is gathering pace, with a full team now in place to allow them to apply for the next round of funding. Im really looking forward to seeing what the designer and architect produce in terms of design, which we hope will both enhance this important historical building and provide a useful and inspiring space fit for the museums needs. In January, the museum was awarded more than £69,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund which, alongside match-funding from the Museum Development Trust and existing budgets, is being used to cover the costs of the development phase. Once plans have been drawn up, the museum will be able to apply for more funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Devon Council, the Government, and private donations, to deliver the extension project.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.