Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, will be opening its doors free of charge as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme next weekend.
On Friday 11 September there will be free behind the scenes tours of Museums Worcestershire's Collections Centre and on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September visitors to the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle can join in with a host of fun activities and chances to experience the past, all completely free of charge.
On Friday 11 September three behind the scenes tours will take place through the day at the Museums Worcestershire Collections Centre (5 minutes drive from the Museum) where visitors can see some of the many thousands of objects we hold in store and learn more about our collections from the museum team. Please can be pre-booked on 01299 250416 or can be booked on the day from the Museum Reception at Hartlebury Castle. The tours are all free of charge.
On the big weekend, Sat 12 & Sun 13 September (11am-5pm), activities at the museum site include:
· Hands on activities in the Castle's Scullery and Laundry with the Castle servants
· Visitors wanting to know more about how to care for their own precious treasures can see demonstrations of our cleaning techniques and learn more about how we look after the objects in our care, with Museum Assistant Calvin Hewitt
· There will be a quiz trail around the Museum helping visitors to explore over 1,000 years of history in Worcestershire.
· Visitors can get hands on with some of the items from our loans collection
· The mobile museum bus will be here for visitors to climb aboard and learn more about the industries that are a part of our county
· Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust will be showing visitors around the Bishop's Chapel, not currently seen by the general public
And all of this is completely free!
Rachel Robinson, Worcestershire County Museum’s Manager, said: “This weekend provides a great opportunity for people to learn more about how the museum works, see behind the scenes, join in with some fun and educational activities, and have a good look around our permanent exhibits all free of charge. We are also pleased that museum visitors will be able to see the Bishop's Chapel, and best of all, in these difficult economic times, it's a free day out!”
To find out more contact the County Museum on 01299 250416.