Museum & Art Gallery
Countdown begins to Museum reopening Excitement is growing as Peterborough Museum prepares to reopen to the public at the end of March. The museum has been closed for a year for a £3.2 million redevelopment programme, thanks to funding from Peterborough City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Vivacity, which has seen a major change to both the building and galleries. Improvements include stunning new exhibition galleries, a new cafe set in a Georgian drawing room, a new museum shop and education suite. Much of the work has been about restoring and showcasing this important
historic building which has been a Tudor mansion, Georgian town house, Victorian hospital, and the city’s museum since 1931. Its traditional Georgian appearance has been recreated while the rare Victorian operating theatre (one of the very few in Europe) will be opened to the public for the first time. A new gallery space has been created within the museum to tell the fascinating story of the building and people associated
with it over the centuries. There will also be opportunities within the new look galleries to interact with more of the museum’s remarkable collections and exciting new interactive displays. Sarah Stannage, Heritage Services Manager for Vivacity said: “The redevelopment will completely transform the museum as a heritage attraction for Peterborough. I can’t wait for us to reopen next Easter and to see the surprise and delight on our visitors’ faces when they get the chance to look around.” Visit vivacity-peterborough.com for more details.