Aldeburgh Museum re-opens after enormous refurbishment project
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 November 2019
Aldeburgh Museum has re-opened to the public following a huge renovation project.
The regeneration work at the town's Moot Hall, where the museum is housed, has taken a number of months to complete with the building having to close while work was carried out.
A formal opening event was held on Saturday with Aldeburgh mayor Sara Fox cutting the ribbon at the venue with the help of mini mayor Evelyn.
Also on hand to visit the newly re-opened museum was Sue Beardsmore, the chairman of the National Lottery Committee for the Midlands and East.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund gave a £747,500 grant towards the museum's refurbishment.
Speaking at the event chairman of the museum's Tony Bone thanked the fund for their help with the renovation.
Plans to refurbish the Hall have been in the works for around four years with the aim of the project always having been to tell the story of Aldeburgh in a new and exciting way while preserving the history of the building.
The timber-framed, Grade 1 listed building, dates back to Tudor times and is one of the best preserved buildings of its age still remaining.
The hall is also home to Aldeburgh's town council.
The museum has been set up in a new layout and now features a range of new exhibits, items and interactive features which focus on life in the Aldeburgh area across the ages.
Those visiting the attraction in its opening weekend were able to visit it for free, with celebratory cupcakes on offer for all those enjoying the renovated museum.
Those behind the museum's renovation were overwhelmed by its popularity in its first opening weekend.
Mr Bone said:"We are more than pleased, the reception has exceeded our expectations.
"We have had a fantastic amount of visitors on this celebratory weekend.
"We hope to have more visitors in the next few weeks."
The museum will now be open during weekends until the end of December for visitors to explore.
It will also be involved in the town's Dickensian Christmas festivities a the start of next month.
More details about the opening times for the refurbished museum can be found on its website.