Bassetlaw Museum is good to go!
Bassetlaw Museum and the Pilgrims Gallery have opened their doors with new exhibitions and some new ways to keep visitors safe following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Visitors are now being welcomed back to the Retford-based museum and visitor centre on Grove Street following an almost five-month enforced closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The museum and gallery are now open from Tuesday to Saturday, between 10.00am and 4.30pm and visitors are able to book a timed entry on their chosen day as part of new measures to keep visitors and staff safe.
Thanks to these new experiences, that also include a one-way system, track and trace, hand sanitiser stations and regular cleaning regimes, Bassetlaw Museum and the Pilgrims Gallery have been awarded Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark.
The Pilgrims Gallery, which opened last summer, is welcoming visitors as part of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic to America.
If you would like to book a timed entry, please visit www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk and use the ‘Plan Your Visit’ link on the homepage. Visitors can also book by calling the museum on 01777 713749. Entry continues to be free.
Sadly, the museum is not able to currently; offer holiday activities; take donations of items for the collections; offer visits to the gardens only; allow entry to the museum shop.
‘Journeys’: a collection of exciting and imaginative art
Saturday 1st August to Saturday 10th October
Bassetlaw Museum is proud to present its first open art exhibition and delighted that it has attracted entries from across the region. Professional artists and first time exhibitors took up the challenge and have interpreted the theme in diverse and often surprising ways, taking inspiration from their personal experiences, wider social issues and the story of the Mayflower. Works range from paintings to embroidery to digitally interactive art.
World War II Home Front Exhibition
Saturday 1st August – November
Using records and documents from East Retford Borough Council and oral history from the book ‘Life in Wartime Bassetlaw’, this exhibition looks at how life changed for every civilian man, woman and child.
Call for entries
Bassetlaw Museum invites individuals of all ages to submit new work for their next open art exhibition. Inspired by the Mayflower 400 anniversary again, the theme is ‘Where it began’, an interpretation of the Mayflower story in the local area. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media work, textiles, poetry and 3D artworks (no bigger than 20 cms high) are all welcome. All work must have been produced over the last year and they must not have been displayed in the Percy Laws Gallery before. Entries should be submitted by email before Monday 28th September to firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition takes place Saturday 17th October 2020 to Saturday 9th January 2021.