Crewkerne & District Museum opens its doors to the public on Friday July 17th at 11 am, with a pop-up exhibition to celebrate ‘160 Years of the Railway in Crewkerne’. The museum will reopen with reduced hours, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am – 1 pm, controlled access allowed only to its downstairs special exhibition room, social distancing measures in place and hand sanitiser available. Free entry for all is being offered throughout the 2020 season, with further exhibitions, showcasing several local artists work scheduled to run from August 7th and September 4th.

Museum Administrator, Janet Harris said: “We’re having fun planning these pop-ups and working to create a safe environment for all. Sadly the main part of the museum will currently have to remain closed due to limited space within the building and difficulties associated with maintaining the necessary social distancing. We will operate free entrance to the pop-up exhibitions for all visitors but we always welcome donations.”

The museum’s first pop-up exhibition celebrates the 160th anniversary of the opening of Crewkerne Railway Station on July 18th 1860, which was attended by around 10,000 people, despite the heavy rain. The inaugural train was pulled in by three locomotives, Britannia, Montrose and Vulcan. This year’s planned celebrations by the Friends of Crewkerne Station, exhibition in the station waiting room and exhibition in the front office of Crewkerne Town Hall have been postponed, due to Covid restrictions. An article on the opening of Crewkerne Station 160 years ago has been recently published in the summer edition of The Crewkerne Flyer. Railway travellers and the local community can send anecdotes, poems and photographs of the station to FOCS, via an email to tony.reese@mail.com or by post to FOCS, Crewkerne Railway Station, Station Road, Crewkerne TA18 8AU.

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