We’ve had a busy couple of months at Royston Museum with August seeing one of the highest visitor numbers on record, thanks mainly to our very successful, free summer activities.
A huge thank you to all those who rocketed off to space with us, and a massive well done to the 14 cadets who completed all 5 missions and graduated Space Academy.
We’re closed this October while more areas of the museum are redeveloped. On the ground floor, the existing toilet and staff kitchen are being combined into a larger, accessible toilet with handrails and baby-changing facilities, and two first-floor rooms, currently for private use, are being repurposed into fully functional community spaces.
A dedicated Research Room is being created to enable greater public research and better access to our photographic, book and ephemera collections, which will be permanently housed in new, archival-quality cabinets. It will become a free, safe space within the community to learn, create and socialise, while being immersed within and inspired by the museum’s unique environment.
And a new Community Room will become the main hub from which the museum’s educational offerings will be provided, enabling a thriving cycle of workshops and activities that explore heritage, arts, literature, language and culture. It will become a space for schools, organisations and community groups to convene, and make opportunity in the town to learn and create more accessible. It will also house a new community kitchen.
The hope is that this development will expand and enhance the events and activities that the museum is able to offer, improving the long-term sustainability and resilience of Royston Museum. It will also increase public access to the museum’s collection and progress our vision of making the museum a multi-functional, cultural hub within Royston.