Further investment in Pontefract Museum

​PR 8221
10 May 2016

Pontefract Museum is to undergo the second part of a £102,000 refurbishment programme - which will enable it to display objects from national collections for the first time.

The museum will be temporarily closed from Monday 16 May 2016 until Saturday 30 July, to enable phase two of the  work to be completed.

The second phase of the work will see £52,000 invested in new displays themed around medieval Pontefract, the story of liquorice and the Civil War.

An activity area will also be created to encourage schools, families and the local community to get involved with the collections.

The change will mean that the museum will be able to loan exhibits from national museums such as the British Museum.
The Arts Council England and Museums Development Yorkshire have invested a total of £102,000 in the museum over the last two years.

Work on the first phase saw new lighting, improvements to the entrance area and an upgrade and extension to the special exhibitions gallery.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The redevelopments taking place at the Museum are particularly exciting as they will enable us to bring significant loans from national museums such as the British Museum and The Royal Armouries to Pontefract for the first time”. 

During the temporary closure there will be a small museum display with information about the redevelopment at Pontefract Library.

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