Lockdown closure for The Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove
The Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove will be closing all venues following government advice from Thursday 5 November.
Spokeswoman Caroline Sutton said: “This will lead to financial losses for the Trust, but we recognise the need to protect our staff and visitors. The Trust will make full use of the government’s work retention scheme during this period.
“Members of the public will still be able to access the Royal Pavilion & Museums online. Enjoy our collections by trying our hugely popular online jigsaws, look at our Close Look Collections, discover fascinating stories on our blog and visit our digital shows from the comfort of their sofa. Visit our online shop for some unique Christmas presents for all the family.
“We hope to reopen on Thursday, December 3 2020 and look forward to welcoming visitors back to our venues to enjoy our exciting exhibitions, collections and displays.
“Our fantastic Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76 show at Brighton Museum featuring dozens of candid photographs of David Bowie taken by his childhood friend will run until June 2021.
“There will still be time to visit the Royal Pavilion to see the A Prince’s Treasure, a spectacular loan from Her Majesty The Queen of over 120 remarkable decorative works of art originally commissioned by the Prince Regent, relocated from Buckingham Palace and re-united in their previous setting of the Royal Pavilion.
“And children will love to explore the wonderful Preston Manor, an elegant Edwardian home where you can discover the stories of the inhabitants from the lady of the manor to the kitchen maids to the cute family dogs.
“We are very sad to have to close our venues for another month, not just for our visitors but for our staff and volunteers too. We will be supporting them through this time as many will be furloughed or will continue to work from home.
“Even though you can't visit our venues, we can still offer a fantastic range of online resources to get your cultural and artistic fix from home. We have some wonderful children's activities, online jigsaws, digital shows and a rich wealth of fascinating stories on our blog.
“We can't wait to welcome back visitors to our venues in December.
“If anyone has purchased a ticket during this period of closure, our Bookings & Information team will be working hard to process all refunds or find alternative dates in the coming days and will be in touch with people by telephone or email.
“As we are expecting a large number of calls, we are asking people to please not to call or leave a message regarding this.”