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Yorkshire Air Museum Plans Reopening on Saturday 4th July

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*   Yorkshire Air Museum re-opens to Visitors on 4th July.
*   Halifax Bomber will be the star attraction, placed in full view.
*   A new indoor and outdoor display of aircraft and resplendent gardens make it a fabulous day out for families.
*   Indoor exhibits have been rearranged to allow social distancing rules.

This past two weeks have seen a hive of activity as the Museum makes plans and preparations to reopen to visitors once again on Saturday 4th July. During the past week in particular, there has been almost a frenzy, witnessing a major move to re-arrange and clean aircraft and vehicles, sanding and repainting barriers, cleaning hangars and an epic effort in the gardens from a team of volunteers.  All work was achieved safely, under strict social distancing rules with tremendous results.The Halifax Bomber “Friday the 13th” now stands magnificently right at the front of the Main Display Hangar, creating a ‘wow’ factor when visitor enter this building.There is a new exciting one-way route around the site, and the museum’s new online ticketing system will allow a seamless visitor process with people able to pre-book their visit via the museum’s website (

Museum Director Barbara George explains: “We have been very busy over the past four weeks preparing for our reopening. The ground work we have managed to achieve with the help of a handful of staff and a few volunteers is absolutely amazing and I am confident that our visitors are going to love our new display and the feel of our site. With our beautiful lawn, historic buildings and spectacular aircraft, people will love taking a stroll through our site:  what a place for a family picnic! We would like to thank in particular William Birch & Sons Ltd for their generous sponsorship to repair our WWII buildings.

“She adds:” The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for many museums and heritage organisations. For us, it has been an opportunity to understand our priorities better and review the way we engage with our visitors. As a result, we are now able to provide a much-improved visitor experience. “The museum has been closed for 15 weeks and it has been a very challenging time with close to no income generation. Without government or local funding, this very special Memorial Museum, so important to the Yorkshire heritage, is faced with a £50,000 shortfall in income and recently launched an appeal for support through donations.  Reopening its gates now to its supporters and new visitors is critical to its future sustainability.During their visit, the public can expect a large spacious attraction, based on an original WWII historical site, with memorial gardens and lawns which are looking resplendent from the recent effort put in. Light refreshments will be available from the museum Shop while the restaurant remains closed to the public. Picnic tables will be located around the site and a new visitor route has been created to provide a safe enjoyable visit.The Museum will re-open on Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July, from 10 am to 5 pm. It will then open Wednesdays to Sundays and move to a 7-day opening from the start of the Summer School holidays towards the end of the month.

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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