Article Source: South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture
First Published: 10 August 2020 14:22
Updated: 10 August 2020 14:22
A staged reintroduction of public access to Low Parks Museum in line with Scottish Government guidance is now underway following its closure back on 18 March as part of the Covid-19 lockdown measures.
Although public access has not been possible over the last five months our Museum Service team has continued to provide a range of online activities and access to displays, exhibitions and our wider museum collections as part of the on-going digitisation of the service to complement physical access to our extensive range of collections which cannot all be on display at any one time.
During lockdown the Museum Service also continued to assist with local history and family/military research enquiries via SLLC’s online web pages.
The proposed phased return of the Museum Service is in line with the SLLC recovery framework approach of resuming some services i.e. larger sites will be opened first to better facilitate physical distancing.
Low Parks Museum will be opened on a restricted basis and will have Covid-19 measures in place including a reception screen, controlled numbers of visitors, enhanced cleaning regimes and test and protect registers.
For Local Heritage enquiries services, Information Services staff will be based at East Kilbride Central, Hamilton Town House, and Lanark Library to deal with online, telephone and mail enquiries.
David Booth, General Manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “Credit must go to our dedicated staff for working so hard to ensure that despite the museum being closed for so long, the public have still been able to enjoy many of our exhibits and other services online.
“But we are now ready and delighted to be able to physically welcome everyone back to our museum in line with Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s route map allowing physical access to museums.
“Following a review of the museum building a reception screen has been installed along with sanitising stations, staff PPE and increased cleaning.
“The museum exhibitions and displays have been adjusted to enable physical distancing and public access. The exhibition programme for the year has also been reduced or reconfigured to enable the museum to remain open under the current coronavirus guidelines.”
New measures have also been introduced so visitors can interact with the exhibits as much as possible. These include:
• Simple interactive case labels with fun facts ‘Did you know’ or ‘Can you guess’ with mystery objects appearing in cases which can be adapted to word or explorer games
• New trails in the museum were already being developed which can now be used along with existing materials
• Where digital screens are available, the museum will show some of its cine films, museum videos/blogs, and any new material such as virtual tours
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