The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum closed to the public on 17th March and, in common with most other attractions, has remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The museum is housed in a mixed use University building, the Old Library, and this offers a number of challenges in making the space safe for reopening under the current constraints. Although the Government has announced that museums are allowed to reopen to the public from the 4th July, we will not be able to open up to the public on that date.
We are working hard with colleagues across the University to make the premises Covid-secure but this will take some time. We are planning to enable Curatorial staff to return to campus and to begin some limited research access to the collections from July. Once this has been established we can work out how access can be safely increased for all users. We would very much like to welcome back the public to our galleries later in the summer if possible but we are unable to confirm any timescales at the moment. It is likely when we do reopen that we will have to initially organise visits by appointment for small groups only. We are very much looking forward to seeing you again in the museum so that you can enjoy our amazing collections but, as you know, this is a very uncertain and difficult period for us all and we appreciate your understanding and patience while we ensure that everyone who comes to the museum is safe. Keep an eye on our website for further information – we will put up news as soon as we have it on this homepage, as well as on our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@bdcmuseum) and Facebook (Bill Douglas Centre). In the meantime we will be showcasing artefacts from the collections across all these platforms and you can contact us with enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org .
26th June 2020