Museum set for upheaval

Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham
Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham
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Changes are being made to a South Yorkshire museum, including temporary closures, so a historic military collection can be moved in.

Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum is set to undergo what is being billed as ‘an exciting transformation’ from later this month.

The century-old venue is to be the new home of the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum, which is being moved from the town’s old library.

Coun Amy Rushforth, Rotherham Council cabinet member for culture and tourism, said: “Clifton Park Museum is a place that people from Rotherham, and beyond, truly love.

“From Nelson the Lion to the Rhinoceros Vase, it’s a place that has fired the imaginations of generations of Rotherham residents, young and old.

“Having the popular York and Lancaster Regimental Museum move into Clifton Park Museum is a fantastic boost for the town’s history and will do justice to the proud regiment and its past.

“Coupled with the fact marriages, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies and renewal of vows ceremonies can take place in the museum from Sunday, December 1, we have a place where new, happy, memories will be made.

“I have little doubt it will become a popular place for couples to tie the knot.

“Despite the phased closures, which, unfortunately, are unavoidable, the work means the museum will continue to welcome thousands of people each year and inspire them with fantastic displays which bring history to life.”

The transformation, which also includes the redecoration of the Library and Dining Room to host marriage and other ceremonies, will start mid-August.

Initially, several of the upstairs galleries will be temporarily closed to allow staff to start work on the Victorian Galleries to house the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum.

Then, starting in October, the whole museum, other than the café and shop, will temporarily close for three weeks to fit the new York and Lancaster Regimental Museum.

The council said the grand reopening of the improved and revamped museum is expected to be in early November.