Weston Museum will be ‘wonderful asset’ to the region when it opens after £1.6million refurbishment
PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 July 2017
The date Weston Museum will re-open its doors after a two-year refurbishment has been announced.
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.”
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.