New museum cafe opens

Published on: Wednesday, 3rd April 2024
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Erewash Borough Council leader James Dawson has helped serve up refreshments after officially opening a new tearoom at the borough’s award-winning museum.

The bright and airy Dalby House Café which now connects with the existing museum gift shop is part of a major refurbishment carried out in partnership with the Friends of Erewash Museum – a charity that fundraises to support the popular culture and heritage hub.

Museum volunteers also selflessly give up their time to run the café at the museum in Ilkeston. Cllr Dawson joined the charity’s chairman Oliver Watts behind the counter.

Oliver said of the museum’s revamp: “This fantastic new café is the first big project we have been able undertake since the partnership with the council was renewed last year and we are delighted with the result.

“We are sure it will prove extremely popular. There are great views from the windows – and visitors can get tea, coffee and light refreshments at amazingly affordable prices.”

The museum is located close to Ilkeston Market Place in a grand Grade II listed Georgian property called Dalby House. It used to be a private residence. A timeline of the building’s history adorns the walls of the new café. 

Erewash Museum is usually open Thursdays to Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free.

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