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The Museum Re-Opens

The Museum Re-Opens

The new Aldeburgh Museum is now open to the public after a complete makeover. The Grade I listed Tudor Moot Hall has had a complete makeover and curators hope its new galleries will totally transform the museum’s relationship with the residents of the town.

The new exhibition spaces are filled with interactive displays, digital media installations and atmospheric audio to bring the story of the town and the wider region to life. Residents will be able to gain new insights into some of the rich history on their doorstep.

Visitors now have the chance to see a number of high-profile objects that have never been displayed in the region before.

Councillor Catherine Howard-Dobson, curator for the museum, says the new museum has been very much commissioned by the people of the town: “Aldeburgh has a fascinating story and I’m delighted that its people have been so instrumental in telling it. Local museums must work harder than ever to stay relevant to their audiences. A great museum makes you feel an affinity with your own area; it’s a source of civic pride and a fantastic asset for Aldeburgh.”

The revamp has been made possible thanks to a grant of almost £1 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project includes, not only the refurbishment of the museum and its displays, but new activities and events.   A number of other organisations including Aldeburgh Town Council, local societies and individuals have raised £55,000 in match funding.

How accessible is the museum?

The museum has worked hard to ensure that everyone is welcome and is able to access the displays and enjoy themselves when they visit us.

Access for visitors with physical disabilities
The Moot Hall is a grade one listed building and the exhibits are on two floors, with the main entrance on the first floor and the exit on the ground floor. For those with limited mobility who cannot climb the stairs, there is access through the ground floor, where you can look around the museum room and its exhibits. Tablet computers will provide support for those unable to climb the stairs. Our front of staff are ready to assist when you arrive.

We are sorry but the museum is not wheelchair accessible but it is possible that access could be possible for small wheelchairs through the ground floor. Please let us know your requirements.

Access for visitors with visual impairments include:
Tablet support, large print cards, magnifiers and a handling collection including large print, braille translation, raised images and items to touch. Access dogs are welcome.

Access for deaf or hard of hearing visitors includes:
Subtitles for all spoken word film material. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Access for visitors who have a learning disability or are on the autistic spectrum includes:
An experienced member of staff, SEN backpacks and a sensory map.

Access for visitors who have dementia includes:
Dementia awareness training for our volunteers, quiet sessions, memory boxes, object handling and a sensory map.

What is there for children?

The museum has worked hard to ensure that everyone is welcome and is able to access the displays and enjoy themselves when they visit us.

Access for visitors with physical disabilities
The Moot Hall is a grade one listed building and the exhibits are on two floors, with the main entrance on the first floor and the exit on the ground floor. For those with limited mobility who cannot climb the stairs, there is access through the ground floor, where you can look around the museum room and its exhibits. Tablet computers will provide support for those unable to climb the stairs. Our front of staff are ready to assist when you arrive.

We are sorry but the museum is not wheelchair accessible but it is possible that access could be possible for small wheelchairs through the ground floor. Please let us know your requirements.

Access for visitors with visual impairments include:
Tablet support, large print cards, magnifiers and a handling collection including large print, braille translation, raised images and items to touch. Access dogs are welcome.

Access for deaf or hard of hearing visitors includes:
Subtitles for all spoken word film material. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Access for visitors who have a learning disability or are on the autistic spectrum includes:
An experienced member of staff, SEN backpacks and a sensory map.

Access for visitors who have dementia includes:
Dementia awareness training for our volunteers, quiet sessions, memory boxes, object handling and a sensory map.

For more information on accessibility and advice on visiting us, please call 01728 454666 or email learningofficer@aldeburghmuseum.org.uk

What is included in my ticket?

Your admission ticket includes entry to all our temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. You may also borrow a tablet computer to learn more about our exhibits (coming soon). Your ticket enables you to visit multiple times over a one year period though does not cover special events.

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