Erasmus Darwin House to close for refurbishment

Erasmus Darwin House. Pic: mrpbps

Erasmus Darwin House. Pic: mrpbps

Erasmus Darwin House in Lichfield is set to close for a month while new exhibits are added.

The 10-year-old museum’s refurbishment has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Staffordshire Environmental Fund and other local organisations.

Erasmus Darwin House will be closed during June to allow the creation of a 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 contain 18th century furniture, a sound and light show and interactives all centring on conversations between two models of Darwin and Wedgwood.

A spokesperson for Erasmus Darwin House said:

“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 anyone with questions about the closure or planned refurbishment can call the curator on 01543 306260.

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