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Wycombe Museum to close temporarily for refurbishment work

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Wycombe Museum in Priory Avenue will close temporarily from Monday 8th June 2015 for major internal refurbishment work.

Castle Hill House, the Grade 2 listed building that is home to Wycombe Museum, was originally a home for well to do Wycombe families. Some of the earliest parts of the original house date from the 16th Century.

Every year the museum attracts thousands of visitors every year. The forthcoming refurbishment will offer visitors better facilities and better access with a new café, an expanded shop, more toilets and an internal lift to the first floor galleries.

When the Museum re-opens the new gallery displays will show off the Museum’s chair collection at its best and retell the story of the district’s local history.

The Museum will be closed over the summer months from Monday 8th June 2015. Recently staff and volunteers have been busy putting the Museum’s collection, including iconic items such as the red lion into storage ready for the works to take place.

When Wycombe Museum reopens it will be under new management. The Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust (WHAT) will take over running the Museum.

The refurbishment of Wycombe Museum is part of Wycombe District Council’s planned £500million redevelopment programme which is investing in the district’s future.

There is still a chance to see the Museum before is closes for refurbishment at the following events :

  • ‘Learn to upcycle workshop’ on Saturday 6th June 2015.
  • ‘Go Wild’ a free family fun day on Sunday 7th June 2015.

Even though the museum building is closing for a short while the grounds will remain open for events such as ‘Beers, Bevvies and Brewing: a talk with tastings’ on Wednesday 17th June 2015, silk painting sessions on Thursday 11th June 2015 and jewellery making sessions on Thursday 18th June 2015 during ‘Bucks Open Studios’.

Artists from ‘Bucks Open Studios‘ are also taking over the museum grounds during the weekends however the museum grounds will close fully from Monday 22nd June 2015.

Further information on Wycombe Museum and the events taking place there can be found on the Wycombe Museum website.

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