Museum is currently undergoing an exciting and large redevelopment project called Past Forward. This £5 million project will involve the creation of new galleries and displays as well as conservation work on our grade I listed building. To prepare for this building work we have moved four collection stores and emptied four galleries. The new museum will open in Spring 2024.
This project means that the museum has suspended our collections enquiries service. We realise that this will be unwelcome news – but we have taken this difficult decision so our small team of staff can prioritise their work on the redevelopment project over the next few months – it is simply impossible for us to manage both simultaneously. The redevelopment project – which is about our future sustainability – is of the utmost importance to the museum.
We hope to resume normal enquiry services once the new galleries are open, in Spring 2024. We will not keep a record of any pending enquiries and we ask that researchers make contact again at this time. The museum will still accept donations of objects (but please make an appointment first) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme will continue to operate as normal.