Pontefract Museum is to undergo a number of exciting changes. A programme of redevelopment over the next few months will see the main gallery transformed with updated displays and an activity area.

In order to make these changes the museum will be closing for a short period from Monday 16 May until Saturday 30 July.

Whilst it’s great that there is continued investment in Pontefract Museum, the timing is unfortunate as the museum will be closed during the height of the season, when visitors attending many of the events scheduled for the town centre, castle and park might also wish to see exhibits in the museum.

The following press release includes further details and a mock-up of how the space will look.

Further investment in Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Museum is to undergo the final 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 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.

Pontefract Museum Phase 2.1

Pontefract Museum Phase 2.2
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