Banbury Museum reopens with amazing Lego creations on display
Doors reopen at museum with Brick Built displaying fantastic Lego creations
Banbury Museum reopens it’s door on Monday (August 10) with a chance to see the world built in Lego bricks. After a long period of enforced closure due to coronavirus, staff at the museum in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre are now ready to welcome back visitors.
The first exhibition is entitled Brick Built, with all the displays created using Lego. Dale Johnston is the Exhibitions Manager. He said, “It’s a combination of Lego models – large contemporary models such as the houses of parliament built with over 12,000 bricks. This is an exhibition that combines modern models and historical pieces from different decades”. This display also includes Lego creations of the Forth Road Bridge and the Empire State Building.
The museum will be opening Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Visitors will be allocated times slots to visit the exhibitions. The museum has installed extra hand sanitising stations and staff will be wearing face masks. Dale said, “We aim to have it so people can safely visit, knowing this is somewhere the family can come to when they’re looking for something to do during the summer holidays”.
During the lockdown period many of the museum staff were furloughed, but for those remaining at work it wasn’t a quiet time. Dale told us, “We had to maintain the building and look after the collection. We did spend the time trying to generate money through grants for PPE and equipment that will allow us to get money for exhibitions later in the year. It’s been quite an active period”.
Entry to the museum will now be solely via the Castle Quay entrance; the Spiceball Park Road entry point will remain closed. Visitors will be required to book in advance via the museum website for temporary exhibitions such as “Brick Built”. Tickets will be sold for hour long slots and may be purchased up to 8pm the day before a visit. You do not need to book to visit the museum shop.
Dale said, “After a long period its exciting to be reopening”.
You can listen to our interview with Dale Johnstone here:
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam