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Lancaster City Museum to get a new roof

Chris Satori

Nobody wants history to be dry, but we don't want it too wet either. The City Museum in Lancaster’s Market Square is getting a new roof over this Autumn and Winter (weather permitting) as part of the council’s programme of works to preserve some of its oldest and finest public buildings.

To pave the way for the works to take place, scaffolding is due to be erected around the entire building from Tuesday October 3.

Although the works will mean that a number of stalls at the city’s Wednesday and Saturday Charter Market will be required to move from their usual pitches adjacent to the City Museum during the works, shoppers will be signposted to their new temporary locations just a short distance further down Market Street.

Normal access to Lancaster Library will remain unaffected by the works and will be via a tunnelled entrance within the scaffolding framework. The works are scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

The City Museum which is owned by Lancaster City Council and managed by Lancashire County Council Museum Service, will remain open to visitors as normal via the front door throughout the duration of the works.  Disabled access to the City Museum is via the New Street entrance at the rear of the building.

The museum is currently showing an exhibition marking the centenary of devastating explosions on 1-3 October 1917 at the White Lund National Filling Factory, where women packed shells with explosives.

It explores the need for supplies and shells for front line troops, focussing on the local King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment; the building of shell-making and filling factories on Lancaster and Morecambe; war work and changes it brought to the district; the explosions and remarkable acts of bravery that saved so many lives at the works and around the area.

Admission is free. 

You can find out more about the City Museum here.