Museum reopening

Museum Reopening Tuesday 18th May

We are delighted to be reopening our doors on Tuesday 18th May. 

Initially, our opening hours will be Tuesday – Friday 10.30-4.30 with last admission at 4pm. This may be subject to change so please keep watching the website for any updates.

Our Tea Room will also be reopening and will be open Tuesday – Friday 10.30-3.30, with a takeaway service also available.

We will not be operating a booking system but visitor numbers will be limited so at busy times it may be necessary to queue but we will do our best to keep this to a minimum. We have taken various measures to ensure your safety during your visit including; increased cleaning regime; sanitiser points throughout the museum and protective screens around our reception and retail areas.  Please check our COVID risk assessment.

To minimise touch-points we won’t be handing out museum maps on entry so if you would like to download or print your own copy before arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Research Appointments

Our library will reopen on Tuesday 25th May and will be open Tuesday to Friday 10.30-1.00. 

If you would like to conduct research in the library it will be necessary to book at least a week in advance by emailing We will be unable to take bookings over the phone and will not be able to allow access without a prior booking.

Please note that we will be unable to provide paper and pencils so please bring your own along with you.
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