Popular Transport Museum to finally begin 2020 season
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 August 2020 | UPDATED: 13:00 06 August 2020
After four months of closure amid the continuing coronavirus crisis, a popular museum will open its doors to visitors for the first time this year this weekend.
The East Anglia Transport Museum, in Carlton Colville, will open once more on Sunday, August 9 at noon on Sunday, August 9 - with guests able to enjoy socially distanced tram, trolleybus and train rides and access to the displays and collections of historic vehicles.
Whereas the museum’s open season would normally run from the start of April, along with all other tourist attractions and museums, the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown has meant a lengthy delay to opening in 2020.
Unfortunately, this has had a huge impact on the funds available to maintain the museum premises and its extensive collection of preserved vehicles, including many of local origin and interest.
The operation of the museum has been adapted to be able to operate within the government’s Covid-Secure status, which is essential for the safety of both visitors and the 100 per cent volunteer workforce, many of whom have spent the last month preparing for opening under these new conditions.
As well as a restriction on the number of visitors allowed on site at any one time, this has also meant measures such as one-way systems through buildings, restricted indoor seating and a reduced menu for the onsite café, socially distanced queuing and seating on the vehicles offering rides to visitors, as well as enhanced cleaning and hand-sanitiser stations are in place.
In addition, visitors will be expected to wear face coverings in all enclosed spaces and on all vehicles giving rides.
Museum chairman, David Jordan, said: “Our dedicated volunteers have spent considerable time in recent weeks preparing the museum for opening in a way that is Covid-secure in order that we can once again access our primary source of income that is essential to the future operation and development of the museum, including the ongoing care of our unique collection.
“After a worrying few months where we’ve had to significantly scale back every aspect of what we do and attempt to make contingency plans for an uncertain future, we’re all very excited to be able to welcome back visitors once again.
“Whilst the safety of our volunteers and visitors is of paramount importance, we are determined that a visit to the museum will be as enjoyable and interesting as ever and that, wherever we can, we’ll be offering a great experience that is as close to normal as possible to at this challenging time.”
After this Sunday, the museum will open on every Thursday and Sunday from noon to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm, until further notice.
Full details can be found on the museum website at www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk
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