Metro Mayor welcomes back Thornbury Museum

Thornbury and District Museum is back and once again open for locals and tourists alike after two years of closure due to Covid, and Metro Mayor Dan Norris is encouraging local people – and domestic visitors – to come give it the best possible return during Local and Community History Month.

The Metro Mayor got to see not one, not two but six new exhibitions, including one on local “treasures” telling the golden history of Thornbury and the Lower Severn Vale when he visited.

The Mayor also saw the revived Thornbury Picture House exhibition shut down shortly after debuting before the March 2020 lockdown and got a sneak peek of a temporary jewellery exhibit from local artist Rosemary Millar which will go on display as part of the Severn Vale Art Trail later this week.

The museum is once again taking part in the trail showcasing 63 local artists in 29 venues (including the museum) over 5 days after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

The Metro Mayor who is running an Explore Local campaign met museum trustee Sandi Shallcross to discuss how small, independent museums and other like attractions, including Thornbury Museum, are bouncing back from the pandemic after two years of hardship.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “What better way of celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our communities than getting out there and discovering the fascinating history of Thornbury and its surrounding areas and so giving a real gem of a museum the best possible start after what’s been a long and difficult two years. Whether its our beautiful green spaces, museums or galleries, the West of England has so much to explore. Let’s get out there and rediscover all our amazing region has to offer”.

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