More than 100 days after closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newark’s National Civil War Centre is getting ready to open them again. From Wednesday 15 July, this national attraction will once again be offering a fascinating insight into this significant time in British history, as well as Newark’s past. The Centre will re-open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 3pm. Until 31 August 2020, entry to the National Civil War Centre will be free to Newark and Sherwood District Council residents and half price for all other visitors. Car parking, in District Council owned car parks, continues to be free for up to two hours until the end of August 2020.
The museum’s team have been hard at work over the past few weeks ensuring that the family-friendly venue is COVID-secure when it re-opens. In order to offer a reassuring and safe visit, changes have been made to create a one-way route through the museum which maximises the opportunity for social distancing. To allow for this, two galleries on the top floor have been temporarily closed and some hands-on interactives removed. However, additional exhibits and information have been added alongside a brand new trail that highlights some of the museum’s most fascinating objects as it guides visitors around the museum.
To ensure social distancing, the museum is now operating with a maximum capacity. Entry will be by timed slots and visitors are being encouraged to book these in advance online at www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com. Visitors will be expected to abide by the Government’s current regulations on social bubbles and meeting other households indoors as well as safety guidance on site. Hand sanitiser stations, which come alongside themed Civil War trivia, are spaced throughout the building. The museum will undergo a daily deep clean as well as hourly cleans throughout the day.
Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor David Lloyd said: “This news should be a welcome boost for the town centre, as both locals and visitors begin to enjoy Newark once again. The free offer for residents provides the ideal opportunity to return, or discover, this excellent nationally accredited attraction. After such a difficult few months for us all, it’s great to be able to get back out and safely enjoy what the National Civil War Centre has to offer once again.”
While the museum’s on-site eatery Café Nineteen20 remains closed at present, its gift shop will re-open along with the Centre, offering its wonderful range of themed gifts and souvenirs.
Shortly, the team at the National Civil War Centre will be making available on their website a video walking you through the measures put in place to make the museum COVID-secure. Councillor David Lloyd continued, ‘We understand that some residents may not have left their homes for weeks, and, until the relaxation for those shielding comes to an end on 1 August 2020, there will be some residents who are still remaining indoors. We hope the online video will reassure visitors that the Museum is a place residents feel comfortable in visiting in the knowledge that, as a Council owned venue, we have ensured every aspect of the visit is well thought through to ensure both staff and visitor safety.’
Since lockdown the museum’s team has created lots of great online activities for all ages, including two fantastic community craft projects, , so to start your Civil War learning journey or get creative, visit Learning From Home.