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Lichfield's Hidden Gem Closed for Refurb

Published: 28th May 2009 21:38

This June Erasmus Darwin House will be closed for its first major refurbishment since the museum opened 10 years ago. This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Staffordshire Environmental Fund via the Landfill Communities Fund and other local organisations, has been gaining momentum over the past 12 months and this summer it will culminate in a fantastic new exhibition in two rooms. The new Parlour room will interpret Darwin's life as a family man just after the death of his beloved wife Polly with readings of his poetry and a discussion between the Doctor and his good friend Anna Seward. The Study will depict just that, Darwin's study, containing 18th century furniture, a sound and light show and interactives all centring on conversations between two models of Darwin and Wedgwood.

This is a very exciting time for the museum. The refurbishment aims to improve the facilities in the exhibition but, more importantly, raise awareness of the amazing Dr Darwin. The Foundation is extremely grateful to all funders who have contributed to the project as it wouldn't have happened without their generous support.

The work will not affect any events or bookings taking place in the museum during June however if you have any questions about the closure or planned refurbishment please call the curator on 01543 306260.

Keep an eye out for more information on an exciting grand opening to be held in July!



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