It’s been a busy summer here at Craven Museum, not only with lots of visitors to the Museum and events such as our family Make and Take crafts sessions (thank you very much to everyone who came – our last one is Thursday 30th August, hope to see you there!), but also lots taking place behind the scenes.
As part of the redevelopment of Craven Museum, our doors will close and the collection safely stored away whilst walls are taken down, rebuilt, and our brand new Museum, Store and Education space are constructed. With 60,000 objects in the collection, it’s a big undertaking to pack it up and ensure that everything is safe.
After lots of hard work from the Museum team during the summer, Craven Museum is getting ready to close on the 3rd September, in just over 1 weeks’ time. This means our last day open will be on the 1st September.
It will be strange to close the Museum and not have visitors enjoying the displays, but it means that Rachel, the Museum and Collections Officer, and Bryan, the Collections Assistant, can start packing the objects away carefully and methodically, to ensure that the objects are safe and secure for the next 18 months whilst the redevelopment takes place. Once the new Museum and Store are ready, the objects will return to Craven Museum, with brand new displays, interpretation and storage.
Although the Museum itself will be closed from September, we will still be doing activities and events throughout this period, including taking part in a special ‘Museums at Night’ this October, where we are inviting you to come and hear how we plan to pack up our amazing collections from Hippo skulls to magic lanterns, and have a go yourself with our great egg-packing competition. Have a look at our Skipton Town Hall website for more information and how to book (click the link below).
We’ll also be creating pop up displays across the district (including in locations that you might not expect!), conducting outreach workshops with local schools and community groups, and special events taking place all around Craven. There’ll also be the chance to work closely with aspects of the Museum Collection that we will be keeping out of storage as a volunteer, helping us do vital work on the objects.
So, although we’re closing the Museum, we are certainly not stopping engaging as many people as possible in the rich and amazing heritage of Craven! We’ll be keeping people up to date with what’s happening during this period via this blog and our social media pages, and we are currently working on a special project in partnership with Craven College which will allow us to delve further into the project and the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into the redevelopment of a Museum… stay tuned!