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News Update - August 2020

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Museum Reopening - 16 August


The Government's guidelines for managing the Covid-19 pandemic allow museums to reopen to the public from 4 July, so long as all appropriate safety measures for staff, volunteers and visitors are in place.

We are pleased to announce that starting on 16 August the Museum will be open to the public on Sundays and Wednesdays between 2 and 5 pm, with last entry at 4:30 pm. We regret that the Shop and Buffet will not be open, although we hope that we can reopen the Shop soon, once we have gained experience of operating with Covid restrictions in place.   It is unlikely that the Buffet will be open until the New Year.

We regret that access and use of some of our displays will be curtailed, particularly those which are interactive or tactile, however much of what the Museum normally offers will be available.


In view of the long shutdown and the reduced facilities in the Museum, all annual tickets sold in August - Nov 2020 will be valid until 30 November 2021. And any visitors presenting with an annual ticket issued at any time in 2019 may use that ticket until 30 November 2020.
As part of our preparations for reopening, the Museum has been treated using Virus Shield which should provide protection for a long period. This is in addition to all the other precautionary measures such as social distancing, mandatory face masks for visitors, perspex shields at the tills, card payments only and a one way system in the Museum.
Guidance for Visitors

The guidance for visitors is as follows:
 
  • PLEASE SOCIALLY DISTANCE – 2 METRES FROM OTHER GROUPS
  • ONLY ONE FAMILY GROUP IN THE FOYER AT ANY TIME, YOU WILL BE CALLED THROUGH TO ADMISSIONS WHEN IT IS READY
  • PLEASE HAND SANITISE ON ENTRY AND ON EXIT
  • PLEASE WEAR A MASK (AVAILABLE TO BUY AT DESK) WHICH IS NOW MANDATORY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EXEMPTION 
  • ONLY CARD PAYMENTS - PLEASE USE CONTACTLESS IF POSSIBLE
  • PLEASE GIVE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS WHEN REQUESTED, AS REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR TRACK AND TRACE
  • PLEASE FOLLOW THE MARKED ROUTE (CLOCKWISE) 
  • PLEASE TRY TO AVOID TOUCHING EXHIBITS/CABINETS ETC
  • PLEASE PLACE ANY DISPOSABLE MASKS IN THE BINS AT THE EXIT
  • IF YOU REQUIRE TOILET FACILITIES PLEASE ASK A STEWARD
 
An Additional Mini Exhibition
 
A new mini exhibition has been assembled by Museum Chairman, Nick Hall, describing the Spanish ‘flu pandemic in 1918-1920.

This particularly nasty type of influenza first appeared in March 1918, but a second wave in Oct/Nov 1918 and a third in Feb/Mar 1919 caused up to 50 million deaths around the world.

Some 20% of all the deaths recorded in Midsomer Norton and Radstock in those years were caused by influenza and the resulting bacterial pneumonia. No treatments were available and communities had to rely on very much the same actions that we have all been living through during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The 1918 Spanish ‘flu virus photographed (much more recently) in an electron microscope
 
Community Partnership Offer

from

Thatcher + Hallam
 
Radstock Museum has a well established Community Partnership with local solicitors Thatcher + Hallam.

As part of its commitment to helping the Museum attract more visitors, particularly vital at this time, T + H has generously offered a significant discount on making a will to Museum visitors on production of a T + H voucher and a Museum entry ticket (your till receipt which is valid for 12 months).

 
A Journey Through History
 
A panoramic tour through old Timsbury is now available using this link. It has been produced by Chris Selwyn using old photographs of Timsbury superimposed on a modern panorama, using all sorts of technical wizardry!

If you are a mac user and experience any problems then you are advised to use a browser other than Safari to view this tour.

Pensford Local History Group
 
Following the recent success of the Pensford Local History Group’s (PLHG) flood book “We Remember It Well: Stories of the Great Flood of 1968 from Pensford, Publow and Woollard” which captured stories and memories of those impacted by the 1968 flood of Pensford and the surrounding areas, members of the same project group are now looking at producing a mining book on Pensford (Broadoak) & Bromley Collieries.
 
To assist in bringing this together, the group needs stories and memories from people who worked at the collieries, or even handed down stories from family or friends.  Together with these, any photographic images or written documents would be of assistance.  All material will be returned.
 
If you have anything to contribute, this can be done via
ppw.publishing@gmail.com or you can contact the team on 01761 490418 and they will log your details.
 
The project group needs your stories to make production of the book viable.  If you know anyone else who you think would also be able to contribute, please pass on this communication.
 
Museum Research Enquiries 
 
We are pleased to say that the research enquiries facility is now open again but by email only.

It may be possible to arrange a socially distanced visit but this can only be by appointment.

All enquiries should be addressed to research@radstockmuseum.co.uk

 
Addition to the Museum Library
 
A photographic record of all the war memorials in Somerset entitled Somerset & Avon South War Memorials, issued by the Royal British Legion in 1993 to raise funds for Dunkirk Memorial House at Bishops Lydyeard, has been donated to the Museum Library by Nigel Edwards of Paulton. 
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