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Williamson Art Gallery and Museum to reopen to visitors

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead will finally reopen its doors to visitors next week.

The Slatey Road arts venue has been closed during the Covid pandemic.

Earlier this year it looked like it might be under threat of being permanently mothballed as Wirral Council looked to balance its 2021/22 budgets by finding millions of pounds of savings.

An online petition calling for the 92-year-old venue to be reprieved attracted thousands of signatures, and it was saved after alternative budget proposals were agreed.

The gallery and museum will reopen its doors on Wednesday, June 9 with a new exhibition tiled Your Williamson.

This has been curated using artwork enjoyed by online visitors during lockdown and includes a range of pieces from international artists to those right on the doorstep. Many of the paintings are by artists with local connections, including two photo-realist style pieces that honour the late Geoff Yeomans.

While visitors won’t be required to pre-book, social distancing measures will be in place including a one-way system and hand sanitising stations.

The Williamson café, bookshop and gallery shop, and walled outdoor garden will also be open.

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum will be open from noon to 5pm on Wednesday to Saturday each week, opening on June 9. More from the website HERE


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