Weston Museum will be 'wonderful asset' to the region when it opens after £1.6million refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 July 2017

Almost finished - the main hall at Weston Museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare. (Picture: Nick Melling).

Almost finished - the main hall at Weston Museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare. (Picture: Nick Melling).

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The date Weston Museum will re-open its doors after a two-year refurbishment has been announced.

Some of the exhibits coming soon to Weston Museum. (Picture Nick Melling).Some of the exhibits coming soon to Weston Museum. (Picture Nick Melling).

The museum, in Burlington Street, closed in 2015 for a £1.6million refurbishment.

Weston Town Council, which runs the museum, has announced it will re-open on August 26 with a Victorian fun day.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, chairman of the museum working party, said: “We’ll be opening a museum of regional significance with first-class displays and a brand-new secure art gallery.

“It will add enormously to Weston’s regeneration and growing self-confidence.”

A snapshot of the exhibits at Weston Museum when it re-opens in August. (Picture: Nick Melling).A snapshot of the exhibits at Weston Museum when it re-opens in August. (Picture: Nick Melling).

The work, largely paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes new interactive galleries, and a lift, meaning the whole museum is now accessible to wheelchair-users.

It will tell the story of how Weston grew from a fishing village to a Victorian seaside resort.

Nick Melling, visitor services manager, said: “After two years of closure our Victorian family day re-opening will be a fitting reminder of William Mable’s vision a centuryand-a-half ago when he established our first museum in the former Albert Memorial Hall next to Emmanuel Church.

“The museum will be a wonderful asset to both town and region.”

The museum’s Victorian event, which starts at 10am, will feature acrobatics, games and music.

It will open every day, and entry is free.

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