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Stevenage Museum will once again welcome visitors when it reopens to the public on Thursday 6 August.

Initially, the museum will only be open on Thursdays but extra days will be added as soon as it is safe to do so, including Saturdays from 29 August. Visitors will need to book a guided tour before they visit, either by emailing or calling 01438 218881.

Sanitisers and screens have been added, and a touch payment system has been introduced. There are floor stickers to help everyone keep a safe distance apart, and the galleries have been deep cleaned and the air handling system has been overhauled and improved to keep fresh air flowing through the galleries. The shop stock has been reviewed to minimise handling, and staff will be wearing masks or visors.

Visitors can still take part in the ‘Stevenage in 100 objects project’, either by choosing their favourite object that represents part of the town’s history from the museum or bringing in one from home. The top 100 items chosen will published online through the summer and autumn.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People, Leisure and Culture, said: “Staff have been working hard behind closed doors to ensure that the museum can reopen safely to visitors, and we’re delighted to be able to re-open on Thursday 6 August.

“Along with the usual displays, there will be quizzes and activities for families to do together, so when booking please let the staff know if you are bringing children in your group. You will need to bring your own pencil, or you can buy one in the museum’s shop for 50p.

“There is also the chance to be part of a unique project looking back at our town’s rich history, by choosing an item to represent Stevenage in 100 objects.”