With the Museum of the Home and with it being such a long building with multiple routes to outdoor spaces, it hasn't been such an issue because the building is of a domestic scale and so long that often it's very much route-based. You don't have very large volumes or footprints with hundreds of people congregating, in contrast with a lot of the nationals, particularly places like the National Gallery. I actually haven't been since they reopened yet but I'd be interested to see what measures they put in place, especially in the areas which are designed for congregation; how they have dealt with that, or whether there’s just something simple like low-level barriers or something that physically separates one row of people from another.
DT: Yeah. And funding-wise? They're grant-supported are they?
NY: Yeah, The Museum of the Home is governed by the DCMS, and they have funding from the Arts Council, but obviously so many cultural institutions are targeting the same quite limited amounts of money. But I really hope that there are is other support and additional support that is offered to cultural institutions because it's kind of the one escape that you have at times like this. It is a form of escape, really, just engaging with something else, and to take your mind to another place.
NY: It’s absolutely important that there’s a presence, and that museums and galleries are able to continue that presence.
DT: So, when is it on track to open?
NY: It might be later on this year, or possibly early next year. It is dependent on what mode they open in, and I really hope there won’t be a second wave – but all that kind of stuff. There are plans that are being formed at the moment, but again those plans need to be flexible. It's quite difficult for a museum, because it's trying to plan reopening around a moving target, in a way. So they've got a few options and they’re developing all of those in tandem over a range of different scenarios.
DT: Well, thank you very much. Just one last question: how has being made a partner of the practice changed things? Are you in a different mindset now?
NT: Not automatically! (laughs) It only happened last Monday but I've known about it for a while. A few people have been calling up and asking if I knew it was going to happen but yeah, I did know! I don’t think they’d do that without asking you! I think once the Museum of the Home finishes – it has been quite a large part of my life, about five years now I've been on the project - and I've given it back to the custodians and they’re enjoying it and visitors are enjoying it, I’ll get my head around moving into new opportunities, I think
DT: Well, congratulations!
NY: Thank you very much David! Bye!