Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life in Pickering will not open during 2020 due to Covid-19

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life in Pickering will not open during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 2:00 pm
Volunteers will be able to take part in projects to develop the Museum’s collections and displays during 2020 while working towards a planned opening in 2021.

Trustees at the attraction took the tough decision after studying the latest Government guidance on the re-opening of museums.

Volunteers will still be able to take part in projects to develop the museum’s collections and displays during 2020 while working towards a planned opening in 2021.

The venue is particularly keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in restoring three elderly bicycles in the collection.

Dr Mike Pitt, chair of the Trustees, said: “The Trustees of Beck Isle Museum have taken the difficult decision not to reopen the museum for the remainder of the 2020 season.

“This decision has not been taken lightly. Trustees read the guidance for re-opening museums and considered the practicalities of applying the guidance to our unique Grade II Georgian building.

“We came to the conclusion that it was not practical to welcome visitors.

“Beck Isle is a volunteer-run museum and most of our volunteers are retired people, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Considering our responsibilities towards our volunteers and visitors, we felt that we simply could not open in 2020.”

Email [email protected] if you would like to become a volunteer.