Lichfield’s Erasmus Darwin House re-opens

After a month long closure Erasmus Darwin House has re-opened with a bang

Major refurbishment work as taken place on the exhibition and it finally opened again for business on July 4.

Members of the Erasmus Darwin House project group Madeleine Budgen, John Moseley, Helen Clayton, Alison Wallis, Jenny Arthur, Rhodri Thomas and Sarah Elsom

Members of the Erasmus Darwin House project group Madeleine Budgen, John Moseley, Helen Clayton, Alison Wallis, Jenny Arthur, Rhodri Thomas and Sarah Elsom

Ten years after its original opening this local museum worked hard to generate £100,000 to update the displays. Grants came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Staffordshire Environmental Fund via the Landfill Communities Fund as well as through various local funders.

The day was also supported by Waitrose who provided tea and coffee to visitors.

The aim of the project was to help people better understand the genius of Erasmus Darwin through new interactives and audio presentations. The new equipment is state of the art and there is something for everyone.

On Saturday the museum was open free of charge from 10am to 4pm while the House was surrounded by stallholders selling local produce. At 12.30pm the public gathered outside on the front driveway for a ribbon cutting by Christopher Darwin, a descendent of Erasmus’s family, who officially opened the House.

Alison Wallis, Curator of the museum said:

“The atmosphere in the House was amazing and we welcomed over 500 people throughout the day. It was great to see so many people enjoying the new exhibits. We really hope this will help to raise Darwin’s profile in Lichfield and further afield”.

Erasmus Darwin House is now open for the summer from 11am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. For more information call 01543 306260.

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