Plans are afoot for the re-opening of Nantwich Museum in Pillory Street, which has been closed to the public since the March lockdown, although staff and volunteers continue to work offsite. A number of projects have received attention, in particular, development of the Digital Museum through which the Museum has continued to serve the community. Regular reviews of the evolving situation have taken place, but it is not envisaged the doors will re-open to the public until early Autumn.
Speaking of the plans to re-open, Nick Dyer, Chair of the Museum’s Board, stated “our top priority remains the safety of visitors, staff and the volunteers, without whom the Museum could not operate”.
He continued “there are almost 100 volunteers involved in the day to day running of the Museum. Some, such as the Research and Education Groups, have continued working through online meetings. However, given the potential vulnerability of the general demographic upon which we depend to run the Museum during opening hours, it is inadvisable to expose them to unnecessary risk by opening too soon.
“At the same time, the Board is alert to the loss of substantial income streams including the shop, school visits and talks and we are extremely grateful for the continued support of Cheshire East Council and Nantwich Town Council whose grants are essential if the Museum is to survive”.
Museum Manager, Kate Dobson commented “both staff and volunteers look forward to re-opening the Museum as soon as possible. Comprehensive new operating procedures are being implemented with due regard to social distancing and hygiene which, in due course, will enable visitors to be safely welcomed back to enjoy the exhibitions and visit the shop”.
In the meantime, she encouraged people to visit the Digital Museum, the Museum’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages which are all being actively developed and maintained. The comprehensive website now also features online versions of several exhibitions, the opportunity to purchase Research Booklets on a variety of popular topics and a developing “Things to do” feature.
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