We are delighted to tell you that West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House will be reopening next month! We can’t wait to welcome you back, but as you can imagine, we have had to make a few changes to ensure that your visit is as safe as possible.
In order to ensure that it is safe and in line with government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, both venues have been deep-cleaned, and have reception screens in place, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has been supplied for staff to use when necessary and have social distancing, queuing and one-way systems in place. Please note that we will only be taking contactless card payments at this stage.
Unfortunately our children’s activities, interactive interpretation and dressing up will not be available in this initial phase but we will have a variety of free trails at both venues for you to enjoy.
Your safety, and that of our staff, is of utmost importance and we have been working hard to make sure that we can offer you the same social and cultural experience that you will have enjoyed at our venues in the past, but within a slightly reduced capacity;
West Berkshire Museum
The Museum will reopen on Wednesday 15 July and will then be open every Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.
Our staff will ask you to queue at the designated entrance and there will be a separate exit. You will be directed along the one-way system where you can visit all of our galleries and exhibitions. Unfortunately the library will not be available in this phase.
The gift shop, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities will be open, but the café and standard toilets will be closed for the time being. We will have limits on single person/households in the lift.
Weekend Opening The House and grounds will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July and will then be open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of the summer season on Sunday 27 September, 11am – 4pm.
Our staff will ask you to queue to get in to the building and you will be directed along the one-way system which runs throughout the House and will include the exhibition rooms where you can visit the new ‘Dressed for Battle’ civil war display.
The toilets and shop will be open, along with the café which will be running a take-out service (indoor seating will not be available, but we have plenty of picnic tables outside). We will have limits on single person/households in the lifts.
School Holiday Opening The grounds only will be open Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, throughout the school holidays. Unfortunately our garden games will not be available but you are very welcome to bring your own along with a picnic, the café will only be running a limited take-out service. Dogs on leads are welcome. Toilets will be available. We ask you to please respect the space around those celebrating their weddings and other ceremonies within the House.
Events and Activities Our Family Activity Days and Messy Museum Days will continue to take place on our social media platforms throughout the summer holidays and will be available to download from our Life Long Learning page, along with our new short story competition. https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/life-long-learning.
The annual Shaw House Summer Fair will also take place online this year with a virtual fair running throughout the day on Sunday 19 July. Visit us on facebook (@ShawHouseEvents) where we will bring the fun of the fair to you at home and showcase some of our amazing local crafters, bakers and makers!