Museums and galleries set to reopen - with caution
Following the further relaxing of lockdown restrictions from July 4, England’s museums and galleries are preparing to reopen with strict distancing rules, timed visits and in some cases booking only, with the National Gallery the first of the major institutions to welcome visitors again on July 8.
The British Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Armouries and Science Museums are among those that have not yet set a reopening date.
Meanwhile, the National Museums Directors’ Council has issued guidelines on safe reopening. Museums and galleries must be able to ensure the safety of public and staff, complying with the government’s social distancing guidelines which may mean changes to exits and entrances or the layout of galleries. Perspex screens may be used to shield staff members from frequent contact with the public, and there should be new training for staff members, especially for front of house workers. Museum workers do not have to wear PPE but a face covering may be useful in some cases. Finally, museums and galleries must be prepared to “close down quickly and efficiently” if lockdown is announced again.
The image shows Portrait of a Woman in Red by Marcus Gheeraerts (copyright Tate) which is in the Foundling Museum’s Portraying Pregnancy exhibition.
The timetable so far is:
July 4 Blists Mill, Ironbridge Gorge Museum
July 6 RAF Museum
July 8 National Gallery; Foundling Museum; Focal Point Gallery, Southend
July 9 Royal Academy; Mosaic Rooms
July 13 Barbican Art Gallery & Curve
July 14 Whitechapel Art Gallery; Photographers’ Gallery
July 15 Wallace Collection
July 16 Peer Gallery. Ditchling Museum
July 22 Turner Contemporary, Margate
July 27 Tate Britain, Modern, Liverpool, St Ives
Aug 4 Serpentine Galleries; Nottingham Contemporary
Aug 13 Baltic, Gateshead
Mid Aug Ashmolean, Oxford
Aug 20 (TBC) Manchester Art Gallery
Early Sept (TBC) Whitworth, Manchester
Sept 4 Artangel
Sept 10 Drawing Room
Sept 11 MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
Sept 18 Goldsmiths
Sept 26 Chisenhale Gallery
Sept 30 Gasworks
Oct 1 The Showroom
Autumn (date TBC) Wellcome Collection; Southwark Park Galleries
Oct 6 INIVA