After a long period of closure because of Covid, Fordingbridge Museum is reopening on Monday 26th July 2021. Because of a shortage of volunteers it will initially be open from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm for 4 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.”
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 Ireland went on to say, ”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.
The museum does not have any paid staff and is entirely reliant on volunteers to remain open. In order to restore our opening times to pre pandemic levels we are appealing for locals to volunteer to give a small amount of their time to help with running the museum. No previous experience is necessary and new volunteers will be fully supported by the existing staff. If you enjoy meeting people then you could work as a steward working for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon. You might prefer to work behind the scenes helping one of our specialist teams looking after our artefacts or photographic collection.
If you are interested please ring 01425 654322 or 01425 657850 or come to our volunteers open day on Wednesday 28th July 2021 for a look round and to have your questions answered.”