In light of recent Government announcements to avoid non-essential contact Lakeland Arts has made the difficult decision to close its venues later this week.
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House will be closed to the public from Thursday 19th March 2020 until further notice.
The move has been made as the charity looks to protect its visitors, staff, collections and properties by adhering to Public Health advice to implement social distancing across the UK.
Rhian Harris, Chief Executive Officer said ‘Lakeland Arts believes in inspiring all ages to explore and enjoy arts, heritage and the outstanding places we care for and in the benefits arts and culture brings to society as a whole. We are disappointed not to be able to celebrate Windermere Jetty’s first birthday this weekend but the wellbeing of our people, visitors and organisation is of utmost importance to us.’
‘We are planning to run other digital activities for people to engage with whilst they are unable to visit our venues and exhibitions in person. We will continue to monitor the situation and regularly assess the need for continued closure.’
Ian Read, Head of Participation said: “We’re aware that this situation is difficult for everyone, and are keen to do what we can to help – whether that’s to keep the little ones amused, provide digital access to our exhibitions and collections to boost wellbeing or stream fascinating talks and conversations with our expert staff.”
The South Lakeland based charity urges arts, culture and heritage lovers to keep an eye on their websites and social media for exclusive access to their venues and exhibitions straight into their homes.