Wednesday, August 12, 2020

National Civil War Centre to re-open following COVID shutdown

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.

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.

“This news should be a welcome boost for the town centre, as both residents and visitors can begin to enjoy what Newark has to offer once again,” said Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor David Lloyd.

“The free entry 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 visit the National Civil War Centre again.”

While the museum’s on-site eatery Café Nineteen20 remains closed at present, its gift shop will re-open along with the Centre.

Shortly, the team at the National Civil War Centre will be making available, on their website, a video walking you through the measures they have put in place to make the museum COVID-secure.

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