Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, World Rugby Hall of Fame to reopen
RUGBY Art Gallery and Museum, and the World Rugby Hall of Fame, reopen this week.
The visitor attractions, both closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, open on Thursday (6 August) in accordance with the latest Government COVID guidance.
Visitors to both attractions must book their free tickets in advance, with time slots available every half hour. Each booking gives one hour access to either the Art Gallery and Museum or World Rugby Hall of Fame.
To visit both attractions, visitors must book separate time slots for each venue.
A one-way system has been introduced in the building, together with social distancing markers, hand sanitiser stations and an enhanced cleaning regime.
All visitors to the building must wear a face mask.
Rugby Visitor Centre, based in the building's foyer, also reopens on Thursday on a restricted basis, with only travel bookings conducted in person. All other enquiries should be made by email or phone.
Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said:
A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into the reopening of the art gallery, museum and World Rugby Hall of Fame, and we're delighted to be in the position to now welcome back visitors to the venues.
"The booking system allows us to control visitor numbers to ensure everyone can visit in accordance with the latest Government advice on COVID security.
"Everyone has a part to play in controlling the virus and we hope visitors choose to wear a mask, respect social distancing and make full use of the hand sanitiser stations."
The Art Gallery reopens with a new exhibition, False Memory - a collection of works exploring the contrasts between imagined experience and lived experience.
The exhibition features Extramission 2 (The Trilogy), audio/visual works which require visitors to bring a pair of headphones.
Meanwhile, the museum opens with Small World, a collection of miniature models including dolls houses. model trains and the social history collection's latest acquisition - a scale model of The Bedstead, Rugby's famous railway gantry.
Time slots to visit Rugby Art Gallery and Museum run from 10am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday, and from 10am to 11.30am and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturdays.
World Rugby Hall of Fame time slots run from 10.15am to 11.45am and 1.45pm to 3.45pm, Tuesday to Friday, and from 10.15am to 11.45am and 1.45pm to 2.45pm on Saturdays.
Visitors can also book by calling Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217.