More cultural venues announce closures

English Heritage, the National Trust and a host of libraries and museums across England are among the cultural institutions now closing their doors because of coronavirus.

English Heritage will close all its staffed historic sites until the end of April (image shows Kenwood House), in line with the latest government recommendations about social distancing. Easter events at the sites will be cancelled too. Refunds will be given automatically. Free sites will remain open as the organisation said they are big enough for people to stay away from each other.

The National Trust has taken a similar decision for all its paid for venues. Trust director-general Hilary McGrady said the charity would be working, where possible, to keep as many gardens and parklands open, free of charge, alongside coast and countryside, to encourage the nation to enjoy open space, while observing social distancing measures.

She said: “The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation. We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive. While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space.”

Herefordshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, NorthTyneside, Wakefield, West Sussex and Telford and Wrekin have all announced the closures of their libraries and museums. In Bradford, some volunteer-run libraries have closed, but the council said it planned to keep libraries open as community hubs.


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