The manager of Fleetwood museum says the pandemic so far has been a huge challenge and he’s desperate to open soon.
The museum is financially stable due to government funding, but manager Ben Whittaker says he wants to be able to open new exhibitions to share the history of Fleetwood.
Under the new government roadmap , museums may be able to open from May 17th.
Ben Whittaker said “I think we have adapted and coped well with the challenge . We receive visits from people from within Fleetwood and from Lancashire, the northwest and further afield. So people being able to go beyond their local area to visit other places is important for any venue.
“We want to attract tourists to Fleetwood and show them what a great place Fleetwood is, so we hope that people will once again be allowed to visit our museum when it is safe to do so.”
The museum was able to open in August 2020 working to government guidelines, until the end of October 2020. Footfall was around a quarter of what they would normally expect.
Mr Whittaker said “The more people visit, the greater impact the museum has on people’s lives. Our new exhibition for 2021 celebrates stories of Fleetwood women, so when if it is safe to do so we want to open again to showcase Fleetwood history.”
Throughout the lockdown there has been an onsite presence at the museum to maintain the building and collections, and as the museum could not open to the public, the team produced some digital content.
“We await the guidance on what we will have to put in place, but the work undertaken in 2020 means much will have been done already, even if things have to be tailored or adapted.”
The museum is planning on reopening as soon as the government guidance allows.