Transport Museum Wythall’s reopening a ‘resounding success’

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Transport Museum Wythall (TMW) opened its doors on 8 August for the first time since October 2019, welcoming 80 visitors, including many families simply keen to have an interesting day out.

Many paid the museum complements on the measures undertaken to protect against COVID-19, including plenty of new signage to ensure social distancing and frequent hand sanitising stations at a number of locations around the site and along the walking route.

Operating a booking-only system via its website, TMW operates a one-way system through its two main halls enabling visitors to see virtually every exhibit on display on a single tour. With the café set up within a new marquee in the grounds offering plenty of space to take refreshments in comfort and the shop open for purchases, the day was enjoyed by all.

TMW spokesman Denis Chick said: “After considerable discussion and planning, our volunteers put in a huge effort to make the site COVID-19 compliant and it definitely paid off.

“Our decision to not only re-open the museum but to also offer bus rides was the right one – in fact one of the first questions from visitors was ‘are there bus rides?.’

“With visitors coming on site at pre-determined intervals, separating family groups and individuals for a bus ride worked well with everyone wearing face coverings. We and our visitors are definitely ready for more!”

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The museum welcomed 80 visitors on its first day back