FORDINGBRIDGE Museum is reopening next week after a long period of closure due to Covid.

It is going to be welcoming back visitors on Monday, July 26 and because of a shortage of volunteers it will initially be open from 11am to 4 pm, four days a week from Monday to Thursday inclusive.

Museum manager Jane Ireland said: “We were determined that something positive would come out of the Covid crisis so have used lockdown to make some exciting changes that will enhance the visitor experience.

“We have introduced some new displays and made extensive rearrangements to others. One of the new displays is of original works by the artist Augustus John who lived locally. The outside of the museum has been completely redecorated.”

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The changes to the layout of the displays have been done with Covid in mind so that visitors can enjoy the museum safely.

All visitors will be asked to wear masks and sanitise their hands and ventilation has been enhanced.

Jane added: ”Fordingbridge Museum is one of the major attractions in the town. The thousands of locals and tourists who visit us each year give us overwhelmingly positive feedback and we anticipate that the new enriched experience that we offer this year will make their visit even more enjoyable.

Volunteers needed

The museum does not have any paid staff and is entirely reliant on volunteers to remain open. In order to restore its opening times to pre-pandemic levels it is appealing for locals to volunteer to help with running the museum. No previous experience is necessary and new volunteers will be fully supported by the existing staff.

If you are interested call 01425 654322 or 01425 657850 or come to the volunteers open day on Wednesday, July 28 for a look round and to find out more.


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