Tewkesbury Museum will be closed from Monday 18th September for extensive renovation work to our building. Externally, this will involve repairs to the roof, guttering, walls and chimneys. Internally, the second floor ceilings will be restored and improved heating will be installed.
This work is being funded by our landlord, Tewkesbury Town Council, with the help of a £367,000 grant from the Arts Council’s ‘Museum, Estates and Development Fund’.
We are very sad to be closing, particularly as we have enjoyed something of a boom since the depths of Covid, but the work is essential. As well as making the building watertight, it will allow us to move back into the second floor, which has been closed for the last two years. This will add over 50% to our current gallery space, allowing us to update permanent displays and to create temporary exhibitions.
Before the repairs can be carried out, we have a lot of work to do ourselves, including packing the 7,000 items in our collection, ready for removal during the week commencing 16 October.
The refurbishment will then get under way. The first and very visible sign of this will be the building being wrapped in scaffolding.
We hope to re-open in late Spring 2024. Some of our activities, however, will continue even though our building is closed: our outreach programmes, including Alley Strolls and Museum Talks, will continue, and we are close to finding a temporary location where we can carry on with other museum activities.
We will post updates on our website and Facebook page as well as on the noticeboard outside the museum.