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West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House to reopen to public

Shaw House

Issued on: 24 June 2020.

West Berkshire Council is delighted to announce that West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House will be reopening to the public in July.

Staff have been working hard to make sure that they can offer visitors the same social and cultural experience that they've enjoyed in the past, but within a slightly reduced capacity.

To ensure that it is safe for visitors to return, the Council's Culture service has made changes in line with government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. Both venues have been deep-cleaned, have reception screens in place, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been supplied for staff to use when necessary and have social distancing, queuing and one-way systems in place. The Museum will reopen on Wednesday 15 July and will then be open every Wednesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.

Museum staff will ask visitors to queue at the designated entrance and there will be a separate exit.

They will then be directed along the one-way system where you can visit all of the galleries and exhibitions. Unfortunately the museum's library will not be available in this phase.

The gift shop, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities will be open, but the café and standard toilets will remain closed for the time being.

Shaw House will reopen for visits to the House and grounds on Saturday 18 July and will then be open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of the summer season on Sunday 27 September, 11am - 4pm.

Again, staff will ask visitors to queue to get in to the building and then direct them along the one-way system which runs throughout the House and will include the exhibition rooms where they can visit the new 'Dressed for Battle' civil war display. During the school holidays visitors will have access to the grounds only which will be open Monday - Friday, 11am - 4pm. Unfortunately, the garden games will not be available but you are very welcome to take your own along with a picnic. Dogs on leads are also welcome.

The toilets and shop will be open, along with the café which will be running a take-out service (indoor seating will not be available, but there are plenty of picnic tables outside).

At both venues the children's activities, interactive interpretation and dressing up will not be available in this initial phase but there be a variety of free trails to enjoy, along with regular digital activities which will continue throughout the summer holidays, plus a new short story competition!  http://www.westberkshireheritage.org/life-long-learning.

Entry to the museum and Shaw House is free, but donations are most welcome.  For more news and event updates visit www.westberkshireheritage.org.uk or follow their social media.

Facebook @WestBerkshireMuseum @ShawHouseEvents
Twitter @WBerksMuseum @Shaw_House
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