Firstly, we hope that you and your family and friends are well and have not found the restrictions too difficult to manage. We would like to thank you for your continued support of the Museum, we are grateful not just for your financial generosity but also for your generosity of spirit. It is a real contribution to our wellbeing in so many ways.
As we emerge from the lockdown, we would like to keep you updated on the Trustees’ plan for opening the Museum to the public on 11th August.
Initially we will open for three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 4pm. This will enable us to ensure that the safeguards we have put in place are working well and if there is the demand we will expand our opening hours later in the year. There will also be the opportunity for welcoming school trips and holding other private and public events following discussions with our staff.
Our reopening criteria will of course follow Government and sector guidelines including a risk assessment, hygiene procedures, social distancing, managing the transmission risk and enabling staff to work from home where possible.
The Museum will be deep cleaned the weekend before opening and a commercial company has been engaged to clean during the week. High touch points will be cleaned during the day by staff and hand sanitising stations will be available around the Museum.
A one-way visitor route around the exhibits and galleries has been planned and the café and shop will not be open initially. Staff, volunteers and visitors will be asked to wear masks or face shields when inside and we will be asking visitors for contact details for the Government’s “Test and Trace” system.
Whilst your visit may be a different experience to previous trips, we can assure you that we still have that special magic – the exhibits, the galleries, the gardens, the pond. The views from the garden have been glorious, the water lillies on the pond are in full flower and wildlife abounds.
We have so much to share with you, so please stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you as we bring life back to the Museum.
With very best wishes,
Melanie Odell MBE