It’s finally here; the closing date for the museum is Saturday the 26th September. After then the doors will be closed until spring 2016, so if you want to see the old galleries and remember what they look like before they are gone forever then now is your last chance.
On the morning of the 9th September our tame bee keeper came to take the bees on holiday while we are having our refit. The bee keeper is taking them to his garden, where he will put them in a standard hive to keep them cosy for the winter.
So how did our museum start, how did we end up with the collections we have today? Originally there was the Warwick and Leamington Spa Phrenological Society. In 1836, the name changed to the Warwickshire Natural History and Archaeological Society, to encourage more members to join. At the Society’s first meeting, the foundation of a museum was identified as one of its primary aims.
Soon we will be closing our doors to the public and moving our collections into storage while we await the redevelopment of the galleries. We can’t just shove everything in a box; just like your fine china or favourite ornaments, we have to pack our objects carefully so that they don’t get damaged.
Want to find out more about Michelle Alexander, Museums and Natural Environment Manager? Want to find out about her standout moment working at Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, and what Our Warwickshire means to her? Read on.
The Market Hall Museum will temporarily close its doors in September 2015. Whilst we’re closed we’re going to be very busy, behind the scenes. Aside from selecting and creating new exhibits from the archives and collections, we will also be keeping a record of all the changes and showing you our progress on this blog.