Monday, 4 July 2016

Lancaster Maritime Museum Re-Opens (well, parts of it...)

Lancaster Maritime Museum has partly reopened to the public after being closed for essential maintenance and to repair flood damage caused last winter.

This attraction, based at the former Custom House on St. George's Quay, was closed last October.

The warehouse part of the museum re-opened on Saturday 2nd July. However, the first floor of the Custom House building will remain closed, as work is still ongoing.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: "We needed to carry out some work to keep the building in good repair. We had to fully close the museum to carry this work out safely, and to complete it as quickly as possible.

"We're very sorry for any inconvenience due to the museum being closed.

"December's floods affected the museum as well. The ground floor was damaged and had to to be properly repaired and cleaned.

"A counter and some fittings in the shop have had to be replaced and wall plaster needed to be repaired.

"We've completed this work as soon as possible and I'm pleased that visitors will be able to enjoy the Maritime Museum once again."

The Maritime Museum will be free to enter until it is fully open to the public.

Lancaster City Council's Cabinet recently discussed its potential closure as part of a revamp of the city's museum offering

• For more information call 01524 382264 or email lancastermaritimemuseum@lancashire.gov.uk 

• You can find locations and opening times for all Lancashire museums at www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums. 

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