20 March 2020

Avoncroft Museum shuts its gates to stop the spread of coronavirus

AVONCROFT Museum is shut until further notice.

It follows the advice from the Government earlier this evening.

Up until today, because it is primarily an outdoor venue, it was open and, while all events were cancelled, mums were due to go free on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

But, in a statement released tonight, acting deputy director Nick Sturgess said: “Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and our absolute desire to keep the public, our staff and our volunteers safe, we have sadly had to take the difficult decision to temporarily close Avoncroft Museum to visitors from today until at least April 30, 2020.

He added the safety of those who visited, worked and volunteered at the museum had always been a priority.

“We had already cancelled our Easter events, but now that we will be closed to the end of April, sadly our Medieval St George’s Day event will also no longer take place.

“We will use this period to introduce and develop new events and even more reasons for you to visit Avoncroft once we re-open.”

He urged people to keep an eye on the museum’s social media for more information as it became available.

“As an independent museum and charity this has not been an easy decision and everyone at the museum thanks you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times. It means a lot to us.

“We will be keeping in touch with you through our social media pages and here on our website and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum later in 2020.”