Six week closure of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace Museum, Wisbech, as ‘precautionary measure’ against coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 10:12 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:12 12 March 2020

Octavia Hill Birthplace House & Museum is to close for six wek as a 'precautionary measure' because of the coronavirus outbreak. The museum insists it is only precautionary. Picture; ARCHANT

Octavia Hill Birthplace House & Museum is to close for six wek as a 'precautionary measure' because of the coronavirus outbreak. The museum insists it is only precautionary. Picture; ARCHANT

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Trustees at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech have agreed to close the museum to the public for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The museum at 7 South Brink dedicated to the town's most famous daughter, who is celebrated as a social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust, is set to close from Monday, March 23 to Friday, May 1.

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All events, group visits, room bookings and meetings scheduled for that period are being cancelled or postponed— and the grounds and the Clock Bookshop are also set to close.

A museum spokesman said: 'It is important to make clear that this is a precautionary measure to protect visitors, volunteers and staff and not a shutdown because of a suspected case.'

The trustees will continue to monitor the global and national situation and decide the correct way to proceed from the beginning of May and beyond.

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