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Nairn museum is all set to open for first time since start of Covid pandemic

By Donald Wilson

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L to R Yvonne Cotter (Curator and Trustee), Melissa Davies (Museum Manager), Joan Andersen (Trustee).
L to R Yvonne Cotter (Curator and Trustee), Melissa Davies (Museum Manager), Joan Andersen (Trustee).

Doors of the Nairn Museum at Viewfield House will reopen to the public on Thursday for the first time in more than a year – due to the pandemic.

The exhibitions housed in the Georgian mansion also incorporate the Nairn Fishertown Museum collection.

Entry will be free in June but donations will be welcome.

Museum chairman Iain Bain said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for the museum.

“Our basic purpose is to be open to the public and the pandemic meant being shut last year and closed for the early part of this year’s season.

“Safety is a major concern, not only for visitors but also for our team of volunteers who, I am glad to say, are glad to get back in action at Viewfield House.”

Covid preventative measures will be in place to make visiting as safe as possible.

The exhibition programme picks up from 2020 with A Woman’s Place: Prominent women from the history of Nairn on display.

A second exhibition, to be shown later in the year is Retail Therapy: Shops and businesses in the old market town of Nairn.

Museum manager Melissa Davies said: “We are continuing to create content on our social media page to connect with our local community and wider audiences. This includes updates on events, collections, exhibitions, stories on local history and a series of short films.

“To help maintain physical distancing, we will be managing hourly slots. The maximum number of visitors will be 10 per hourly session. A display board will be provided outside with instructions and a list of bookable slots available for the day. We will do our best to accommodate walk-in visitors.”

The museum will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to begin with, 11am-3pm. Booking in advance is advised.

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