Unique chance to go behind scenes

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MDL091013D1 - Durban house eastwood

Visitors to Eastwood’s DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum will have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes in the new year.

On January 4 and 5 the museum will be offering two special behind the scenes conservation housekeeping tours, giving visitors the chance to see how museum collections are cared for, find out about the main culprits that can cause damage to items in the heritage collection, watch conservation housekeeping in action, and even have a go at cleaning an object for themselves.

Usually the museum would remain closed to the public for two weeks for an annual clean. This is essential not just for the appearance of the museum but also because dirt, dust and pests can cause objects to deteriorate over time, sometimes beyond repair.

Tours will take place at 12pm and last approximately one hour. Booking is essential as places are very limited, and normal admission charges apply.

The centre in Mansfield Road will be open as usual during this time, so why not make a day of it with a visit to the exhibition topped off with a vintage afternoon tea in the DH Lawrence Bistro.

DH Lawrence Heritage will be closed to the public, over the Christmas and New Year period.

The heritage centre will reopen at 10am on January 22. The Birthplace Museum will reopen at 11am on January 22.

For more information contact DH Lawrence Heritage on 01773 717 353, email culture@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.dhlawrenceheritage.org.

You can now also find DH Lawrence Heritage on facebook and twitter.