Behind the scenes as Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum gets ready to reopen later this summer
A Lincolnshire museum has revealed how and when it is preparing to reopen later this year once restrictions are eased. The Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum on Whisby Road, North Hykeham, is run by volunteers – most of whom are retired and classed as vulnerable to Covid-19. And because of this, the museum – which houses different vehicles, many of which are from Lincolnshire’s past – plans to reopen on a limited basis and with some social distancing still in place.
The museum will not open before June 22, despite the hardships of the last year, and despite restrictions set to be lifted after that date, the museum will likely still put its big events for this year on hold.
(Image: Lincolnshire Echo/James Turner)
Mike Gallagher, vice-chair of the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society where he has been a member since 1963, said: “The last time we had the general public here was before the first lockdown last year. It’s been a difficult year for the society. “Fortunately, we own the premises so haven’t had to worry about rent to pay or anything.
We owe that to people who set the museum up here decades ago. “We are looking at being able to open by the end of June on a limited basis. We’re don’t want to go on full throttle and then have to wind things down again if restrictions return so we are being cautious.
“We also have the health of our members to consider here. “We usually have two big open days a year – one on Easter Sunday and one in November – so we’ve lost quite a lot of money in not being able to host those. “Instead, this year we are looking at hosting smaller events throughout the year.”
The society was founded in 1959 by a well-known Lincoln tabocconist – Frederick Vincent LeTall – and the museum on Whisby Road was set up in the late 1960s. Chairman of the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society, Steven Milner, added: We are going to have a look at arrangements where we might adjust our opening hours once we reopen. “The majority of the people who help here are in the older age groups and so we need to be careful there.
It may mean we open for less hours. “It’s difficult to get younger volunteers to help here, but hopefully there are some people keen to help us maintain the vehicles. “I suppose in some way, this whole period has given us a chance to refresh.”
Mr Gallagher added: “It’s harder for us to recruit younger people today because their interests lie elsewhere.
It was nostalgia for us when we got involved in our younger years.”
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