Following months of hard work and major investment, Michelham Priory held an official re-launch last Thursday, with a showcase of all the activities and exhibits available to visitors. Dame Vera Lynn was guest of honour, and performed the official opening to a delighted crowd.
Guests explored the site and grounds. The Michelham Bowmen were on hand for have-a-go archery, which is available to visitors every weekend afternoon at the Priory. History in action was seen in the working Forge and Watermill, and the museum’s Curator and Education Officer were available in the house to showcase the updated museum displays while the Head Gardener gave garden talks on the East Lawn.
As well as practical and decorative improvements to the café and courtyard, there have been a number of major works on site, including the installation of a playground, new glass doors on the Tudor barn and enhancements to the displays in the museum. But this is just the beginning! Future plans include a new interactive Medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse, currently being developed by the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership, who also attended the re-launch and were able to show the guests some of the ideas in development.
Published 22nd June 2012
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