The Bakewell Old House Museum is looking forward to welcoming visitors back after the winter break.

The museum’s volunteers have been working hard cleaning the displays, polishing the metalwork, and generally making everything ship-shape and Bristol fashion – ready to re-open for the 2022 season on 25 March.

HM The Queen celebrates 70 years of ascending the throne this year. And the new exhibition, “Celebrating 70: Gems of the collection” is the museum’s way of sending their congratulations and best wishes to Her Majesty. Gems from the costume collection have been selected by the museum’s volunteers, each with a wonderful story behind them. Children’s activities will ensure this is fun for the whole family.

The Bakewell & District Historical Society, which runs the museum, was founded not long after Princess Elizabeth became Queen. The Society renovated the dilapidated building, creating a museum that tells the story of Bakewell and the local Peak District area. It is located within a beautiful Tudor building that serves as a wonderful backdrop where visitors can find out about the Tudor tax collector, the cotton mill workers from Richard Arkwright’s mills who lived here, and even Bakewell’s rampaging elephant!

This year, the museum will be planning a series of events, so keep an eye out in the Peak Advertiser or online. Mark Copley, Museum Manager, said: “We’re really looking forward to the museum opening for the season on 25 March. We are a community-focused, volunteer museum, run by people who are so proud of Bakewell and the local Peak area.”

“In terms of volunteering, there is something for everyone – it’s a wonderful way of working for a good cause and making new friends.”

The Bakewell Old House Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00am-4.00pm. See www.oldhousemuseum for further details and volunteering opportunities.