Joe Moore reports on what’s been happening at Mildenhall Museum and what the museum’s plans for the future are…
Having re-opened in the early summer, we then had to close down again in November, owing to the latest restrictions.
Our intention was to re-open at the beginning of December for about three weeks, and then close as we would normally until re-opening at the beginning of March 2021. However, some of our volunteers have told us they would very much like to man the Museum during January and February, during which time we could also ensure we were fully “up to speed” with any cleaning and re-location of exhibits, etc. Obviously, all these arrangements are dependent on whatever further restrictions the Government might impose on us.
Whilst this has been a very frustrating time for us all, nevertheless some positive things have come out of closure. We have been able to muster a small team of volunteers on a Tuesday morning – all suitably masked and distanced – who have spent much time on an extended session of tidying up and sorting out our storage areas. It has also given us time to go through our various Museum policies, and ensure these are up to date.
When we can get fully open again, we have a new exhibition lined up about the local Rotary Club, hopefully followed by an exhibition in co-operation with our local Metal Detector Group. We are looking at the possibility of making this available on-line.
During those times when we have opened our doors, we have had visitors both young and old, although rather less than in normal times. It was heartening to hear from visitors that they were pleased to be able to come and visit us!