Erewash Museum will re-open for three days a week from Thursday 30 July to showcase new exhibitions, entertain children and give visitors the chance to enjoy its gardens.
The museum’s post-lockdown opening times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10.30am and 3pm - with admission by advance booking only to ensure the safety of everyone.
Families will be able to enjoy new exhibitions that will include a contemporary and topical photographic display in the Lally Gallery by local resident Emma Page, who has chronicled life in coronavirus lockdown by photographing local families on their doorsteps.
The award winning museum also offers:
• The surrounding gardens that are in full bloom and perfect for a summer stroll.
• New trails to help children explore the buildings – including a chance to find out more about Georgie the horse in the stables
• A permanent trail around the museum for children detailing the way in which people and animals have worked together in history, from the elephants of the Roman era to the pigeons in World War One
• Fun animal history challenges as you explore - spot the hidden mice, yoga pose like an elephant and try the pig tongue twisters
• Takeaway craft bags for children to enjoy one of the museum’s popular creative activities once back at home.
The safety of visitors and making the building covid-secure has been the priority in preparing for the re-opening. Public safety measures will include a one-way system throughout the museum with separate entrance and exits, child-friendly marker ‘spots’ to help with social distancing and the provision of hand sanitiser. The building will be regularly cleaned with specific emphasis given to ‘high-touch’ points such as handles and stair rails.
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, says:
“We are delighted to be able to announce this good news and look forward to welcoming families over the summer. Due to the coronavirus and public safety we can only open for three days a week at the moment and visits must be booked in advance – but we know those who do join us will enjoy the usual wonderful atmosphere and quality experience the museum offers.
“We will, of course, start running events again – but only when it is safe to do so and welcome everyone’s support as we start to return to a somewhat normal way of life.”
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston Town centre, a short walk from the Market Place.