Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Exciting news about Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Museum is to undergo the final part of a £102,000 refurbishment programme - which will enable it to display objects from national collections.

The museum will be temporarily closed from Monday 16 May 2016 until Saturday 30 July, to enable phase two of the work to be completed.


The second phase of the work will see £52,000 invested in new displays themed around medieval Pontefract, the story of liquorice and the Civil War.

An activity area will also be created to encourage schools, families and the local community to get involved with the collections.


The change will mean that the museum will be able to loan exhibits from national museums such as the British Museum.

The Arts Council England and Museums Development Yorkshire have invested a total of £102,000 in the museum over the last two years.

Work on the first phase saw new lighting, improvements to the entrance area and an upgrade and extension to the special exhibitions gallery


Cllr Les Shaw said: “The redevelopments taking place at the Museum are particularly exciting as they will enable us to bring significant loans from national museums such as the British Museum and The Royal Armouries to Pontefract for the first time”.

During the temporary closure there will be a small museum display with information about the redevelopment at Pontefract Library.

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