Summer fun workshops at Erewash Museum

Published on: Wednesday, 12th August 2020

Erewash Museum are getting the kids feeling creative during a series of exciting workshops this August. The activities will be taking place in the museum grounds to maintain safe social distancing during the following dates:

  • Sea life basket weaving workshops on Thursday 13 August
  • Book mark making workshops with local artist Kerry Dilks, with inspiration from her new book The Peg People, on Tuesday 18 August, Thursday 20 August and Saturday 22 August.

Booking is essential in maintaining that the museum remains Covid-secure and therefore only 2 groups (or bubbles) at a time will be allowed with social distancing measures of keeping 2 metres apart put in place.  New equipment will be provided for each participant, with all equipment including tables and chairs being thoroughly sanitised before and after each session.  The use of hand gel will be necessary and provided by the museum.  There are hand sanitizing stations at every door and outside the toilets for visitors to use.

Public safety measures will include a one-way system throughout the museum with separate entrance and exits and child-friendly marker ‘spots’  to help with social distancing.  The building is regularly cleaned with specific emphasis given to ‘high-touch’ points such as door handles, switches and stair rails.  Don’t forget your face coverings if you are entering the museum building.

Toilets and baby changing facilities will be accessible during the workshops and are regularly cleaned and checked. 

If you would like to look around the museum during your visit to the workshops, please mention this at the time of booking to ensure that you can book in for this to ensure your safety, and that of others, in the building. 

Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: “It’s great to see visitors safely back at the museum and these workshops are sure to help entertain the children during the summer.  Please be assured that all measures have been taken to protect the health and well-being of all our visitors, and the museum is constantly monitored and cleaned to ensure it is Covid-secure.  We want our visitors, young and old, to feel safe when they are here. Activities will be popular so please book soon to guarantee your place as we welcome you back to our award-winning museum.”

All workshops run from 10.30am-3pm with a suggested £2 donation.  In the case of bad weather the workshops will be held in the Hayloft, again adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

To book your place please message Erewash Museum via Facebook or email museum.bookings @

Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place.  Contact 0115 907 1141, email museum @  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum.  You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum

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