From the Director

Steps towards reopening in May!

Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown is on schedule for 12 April, so we now have a spring in our step! This progress means we can look forward and plan for Step 3 in the government roadmap, the earliest point at which museums in England can reopen. We are planning to reopen the Barber galleries on Tuesday 18 May. The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority, so when we reopen, entry will be by timed pre-booked free tickets and we will have measures in place to ensure social distancing, good ventilation and hygiene. Tickets will be available to book online in early May.

We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Barber. We have some exciting new additions to the collection for you to discover, as well as all the old favourites for you to enjoy. In the meantime, please do explore the Barber virtually; we’ve much to offer on this website, with varied new content added regularly and our latest Barber Home programme is now open for bookings. Please do stay connected with us and we look forward to opening our doors to you again very soon.

Best wishes

Nicola Kalinsky

Friday, 9 April 2021.


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