Ilkley Manor House will be opening inside to visitors again from Saturday 3 July.
‘It is wonderful to be able to open the house again’ said Sarah Thomas, Chair of the Manor House Trust. ‘It was a difficult decision not to open as soon as we were permitted to by Government but as a volunteer led organisation, we have to weigh up the safety and support to our volunteers with our desire to offer the public a rewarding visitor experience.’
The weekend before we open the Manor House, we have a Makers’ Fair happening the courtyard on the weekend of 26 and 27 June with stalls selling a range of contemporary art and crafts. The Fair will be open from 10.30am – 5pm on both days.
In the Manor House from 3 July, we will have a small exhibition ‘Super at 60’ looking back over the last 10 years of the Manor House’s development as well as revisiting the exhibition ‘Fantastic at 50’ from 2011.
The Solar Gallery also reopens on 3 July too with a new exhibition – New Horizons.
From 24 July we will be opening the Ilkley Lockdown Quilt exhibition. More of that in a future press release!
Perhaps most pleasing is that we finally have the artefacts back that were taken into safekeeping by Bradford Museums and Galleries in 2015. These artefacts will be reinstalled in the large display cabinet in the Heritage Room in the house.
‘We are really looking forward to opening our doors again and welcome our visitors back’ says Sarah Thomas.