Out and About… Royston Museum

Out and About… Royston Museum

Hello! After months of closure, we are thrilled to be able to officially welcome you back to Royston Museum. We’re now open every Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. And entry is free! Pop in to see our new look and learn about Royston’s past.

So, what have we been up to? The museum is now an independent charity and, since March, we’ve been working hard to complete…

Phase 1 of its redevelopment. This has focused on making improvements to the presentation of the main gallery, embracing a brighter and contemporary open-plan design, and curating fresh, engaging exhibitions which tell real stories of the real people and communities who have contributed to Royston’s heritage. We are indebted to our extremely generous and determined team of volunteers who worked day and night to get the museum ready for opening.

Phase 2 will commence shortly to develop the rest of the building; transforming the upstairs rooms into new community and activity spaces, improving our toilet facilities and re-establishing the museum shop, which we hope will become a destination in its own right.

We’ll also continue to expand, edit and refine the experience and services that the museum offers. Soon, an extensive schedule of events, talks, activities and workshops will be launched to form the basis of a transformative enrichment programme; a thriving cycle of art, history, language, literature and music that will establish Royston Museum as a centre of arts and education.

Long term, our vision is to make the museum the cultural hub of Royston; a contemporary, multi-functional space in which our town can learn, co-work, socialise and create. New facilities, new function and new design will aim to revive the site as a cultural destination; include and engage broader demographics; and make heritage, culture and opportunity more accessible than ever.

To fully realise this potential will take a lot of energy and investment, and its success will be reliant on the support of you – our community. So, if you’d like to volunteer or make a donation, please get in touch.

Otherwise, we look forward to welcoming you back with open arms and a big smile soon. As Royston’s town motto says, ‘A bonis ad meliora’. ‘From good things to better.’

Royston Museum
Open every Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm
Royston Museum, 5 Lower King St, Royston SG8 5AL