Malvern Museum Monthly - April - The Malvern Observer

Malvern Museum Monthly - April

Malvern Editorial 11th Apr, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

MALVERN Museum has reopened for the 2014 season and will now be welcoming visitors until November.

The iconic venue is packed with items of local interest, but perhaps the most important exhibit is the building itself, originally the gatehouse of the medieval Benedictine monastery of Great Malvern.

The oldest parts of the building, including the ‘porter’s squint’ and an ornate window in the east wall, date from the late medieval period (about 1480) and there have been significant Tudor and Victorian additions.

The last in the 2013/14 museum lecture series will be a talk on ‘The Priory Gatehouse’ by Paul Backhouse, at the Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road, Malvern on Friday, April 25 at 7.30pm.

The talk will present a new interpretation of the history of the gatehouse, along with current plans for repair and restoration of the building.

All proceeds from the talk will go to the gatehouse restoration fund.

The museum trustees, who own the gatehouse, have now agreed the scope of restoration work for later in 2014, and an application will soon be made to English Heritage for Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent, which is needed before any work can begin.

The Tudor, south side of the Priory Gatehouse, with cast-iron downpipes is due for repair and replacement in 2014.

The museum is still in need of more volunteers to help keep it open. Volunteer stewards typically work in pairs, covering one half-day session every two weeks.

If you would like to be a steward, or to get involved in the museum in other ways (perhaps helping to catalogue the collection, or conserve the building) then please contact the museum via its website or leave a message on 01684 567811.

The museum will now be open every day, from 10.30am to 5pm, until Saturday November 1.

During the week admission is £2 for adults and 50p for children, and this year there is a reduced charge at weekends of £1 for adults and children (18 and under) free.

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