Covid Update February- April 2021

Following the latest Government announcement this week, we’re going to have to wait a little longer before re-opening the Almonry…

The Museum, Gift Shop and Tourist Information Centre will remain Closed for now, in line with current Government Lockdown Restrictions.

Following this week’s latest Government announcement and guidance, we are aiming to re-open the Almonry Gift Shop from the 12th April 2021.

In the meantime, we’ve set up an online ordering service- Gift Shop items can be ordered via email and posted to you. Please see our shop page for more details: http://www.almonryevesham.org/gift-shop/

The Museum will have to stay closed for a few weeks yet. Currently we hope to re-open May 17th at the earliest, depending on the Government reviews before then.

Please keep checking our Website and Facebook Page for updates and re-opening dates:

www.almonryevesham.org

https://www.facebook.com/almonryevesham/

For any enquiries, email us: tic@almonry.ndo.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming our visitors again as soon as possible. Stay safe and keep well!

The Almonry Receives a Lifeline Grant Award from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund: Read the full article below

THE ALMONRY RECEIVES A LIFELINE GRANT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S CULTURE RECOVERY FUND

The Almonry in Evesham, has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund essential building surveys during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lifeline grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected during the months ahead.

The Almonry has been awarded £18,235 to carry out a series of essential building surveys to assess the condition of the building before moving ahead with a major funding bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.  Almonry Manager Ashleigh Jayes said “The Almonry is such an important part of Evesham’s history and landscape, the need to restore and preserve it for the future is essential.” 

Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites, like the Almonry, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs. This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.

As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings in need, the injection of cash will protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors working in the sector.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:“These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities. We’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it’s there for future generations to enjoy.”

The Almonry was once part of Evesham Abbey, a Benedictine House that was destroyed in the Dissolution.  Once the home of the Almoner, the name given to one of the monks whose job it was to give alms to the poor and needy of the town, it has been providing a service to the Town for over 600 years.  Councillor Sue Amor, Evesham Town Mayor, said “We are so pleased to receive this grant.  The Almonry is such an important part of our town’s history and this will help to keep it safe for our communities for future generations.”

Now home to the town’s museum, Tourist Information Centre and gift shop, it is a unique building offering a unique service to the people of Evesham and the Vale.  The Grade 1 listed building was placed on the Heritage at Risk Register in 2016. 

Chair of the Almonry Advisory Panel, Councillor Andrew Dyke, said “say the word ‘Almonry’ to anyone who lives in or around Evesham, and that person instantly knows the iconic 14th century listed building and museum. It’s importance locally and to visitors to Evesham cannot be underestimated and we are thrilled to receive this funding, which will go a long way to restoring a much loved building and museum in Evesham”.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive said: “Historic places across the country are being supported by the Government’s grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is a lifeline which is kick-starting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of COVID-19.

“It is also providing employment for skilled craft workers who help keep historic places alive and the wheels of the heritage sector turning. Our shared heritage is an anchor for us all in these challenging times and this funding will help to ensure it remains part of our collective future.”

For more information contact: Ashleigh Jayes, Manager email: ashleigh@almonryevesham.org

Tel: 01386 446944 (this is the Almonry number, please leave a message and you will be contacted)

COVID Update November 2020

Following the latest Government announcement, The Almonry Museum, Giftshop and Tourist Information Centre will be CLOSED for a month as of Wednesday 4th November. We are currently due to re-open and welcome our visitors back from Thursday 3rd December. Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for all the latest info and updates. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Staff at the Almonry Tourist Information Centre are checking emails regularly. Should you need any information, please get in touch. Email us at: tic@almonry.ndo.co.uk 

Please email us including your Name, Address, and the information you require, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible, if we can help.

We can send out some leaflets, free local/town maps etc. via Royal Mail. We will aim to send post within 5 working days.

Please note we are not able to return phone-calls during this time as our staff are not always in the office.

Best wishes to all our visitors from the Almonry Team. Stay safe everyone!

The Museum will be Open from Monday 3rd August

We are open Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm

We are really pleased to be announcing that the Almonry Museum will be opening its doors on Monday 3rd August.  We have really missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back.  Before you visit please take a few minutes to read our new guidelines.  These are in place to ensure you still have a great visit and stay safe while at the Almonry.

  • We have put in a new one-way system.  To do this we have had to close certain areas of the museum as we can’t ensure social distancing.  Hopefully we can change this as the rules change but until then we are offering 10% off our entry fee! Single use maps of the route are available at the Reception desk along with a free family spotting trail
  • Our toilets will remain CLOSED for now. We can’t ensure social distancing in the toilet lobby and we apologise for any inconvenience.  Our staff are able to direct you to the nearest public toilets
  • Please wear a mask when you enter the shop and Tourist Information Centre, this is in line with the recent law.  Although not compulsory in the Museum, we would kindly ask all our visitors to help us in our efforts by keeping a mask or face covering on when walking around the museum.  If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please notify a member of staff
  • Please refrain from touching the exhibits during your visit. Museum objects cannot be cleaned with chemical sanitisers. We thank you for your help in maintaining our new routines. There is hand sanitiser available for everyone to use in the Reception area
  • We are limiting the number of visitors in the museum at any one time, so we can all comfortably keep our distance from one another. Please respect the social distancing guidelines and keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other visitors
  • Anyone visiting the Museum will be asked to complete a “Test and Trace” form. This is purely for “Test and Trace” purposes. Your information will be kept under Data Protection Policy and destroyed after 21 days. Please ask staff for more detailsand to view the Evesham Town Council Data Protection Policy

We understand that these changes may cause some inconvenience and we thank you for your support and patience in helping our staff to maintain a safe and healthy environment that will benefit us all.  We hope that as the rules change, we can change and open up more of the building to you.  If you have any questions or comments, please talk to member of staff.

Enjoy your visit!

NHS Test and Trace Customer Information July 2020

In line with Government guidance, we are asking visitors to provide information for NHS Test and Trace.

  • Customer information will be retained for 21 days only and will be securely destroyed at the end of that period. 
  • This information will only be used in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 or if a number of new cases are traced back to the Almonry. 
  • Your information will not be shared with any other parties. 
  • If you are in a group only one person, the ‘lead’, needs to provide their details. 
  • Please talk to a member of staff if you have any concerns. 

Thank you.

Tourist Information Centre & Gift Shop are NOW OPEN Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm*

We’re committed to keep you safe when you visit us. We have made some changes to the way we work for now, taking every precaution to stop the spread of germs and keep our staff and visitors safe

  • Reduced Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 4pm. This allows for extra cleaning at the end of every day.
  • Please note: Winter opening hours (November to February): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday 10am-4pm
  • We are limiting the number of visitors in the building so we can all comfortably keep our distance from one another. Please follow the signs.
  • We have fitted Perspex screens around our reception desk for everyone’s wellbeing
  • Masks – All customers must now wear a mask when visiting the Almonry. If you cannot wear a mask please notify a member for the team. We recognise the sunflower lanyard scheme so please wear one if you have one.
  • Test and Trace – it is now a legal requirement for all our visitors to record their details when visiting the Almonry. You can either scan the QR code using the NHS Test and Trace app or fill in one of our paper forms. Any forms will be retained for 21 days only before being securely destroyed. You can download the NHS Test and Trace app via Google Play or the App Store.
  • We are encouraging customers to pay by card as much as possible
  • There will be less items on display in the Shop at any one time, and any items that are handled but not bought, will be set aside in a “quarantine area”
  • Leaflets and maps in the Tourist Information Centre will be kept behind the counter and handed out upon request to reduce handling
  • There is hand sanitiser available at Reception for everyone to use

We understand that these changes may cause some inconvenience and we thank you for your support and patience in helping our staff to create a safe and healthy environment that will benefit us all.

We look forward to seeing you again!

COVID Update May 2020

Following government recommendations and guidance, we are keeping the Almonry building closed to visitors and members of the public. Please keep checking on our website and social media pages for updates about our re-opening. Staff at the Almonry Tourist Information Centre are checking emails and answerphone messages regularly. Should you need any information, please get in touch with us via email or telephone.

Leave us an email or an answerphone message with your Name, Address, and the information you require, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible, if we can help. We can send out some leaflets, free local/town maps etc. via Royal Mail. We will aim to send post within 5 working days.

Please note we are not able to return phone-calls at this time as our staff are not always in the office.

We would like to wish all our visitors the very best and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Stay safe!

Almonry Statement

Following recent newspaper articles we would like to reassure all our visitors, supporters and local residents that the Almonry Museum is not closing and the Almonry building is not under threat.  The return to VEHS of their collection is part of a wider process to ensure that the collections and the museum are maintained and developed to current best practice standards in line with museum ethics.  There is an urgent need to carry out repair works on the fabric of the building before embarking on a full programme of restoration for which we will be approaching different funding bodies.

If you have any questions or concerns about objects in the collection that you or family member may have donated or loaned then please contact the Almonry Manager Ashleigh Jayes on 01386 446944 or via email ashleigh@almonryevesham.org

For any other questions please contact the Town Clerk 01386 565700 or via email townclerk@eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk