It’s finally here! We are excited to say that The Old Stables Learning and Visitor Centre redevelopment will be open next month!
This launch is a culmination of over five years of work by the museum team to secure funding to enable us to restore the original stables, coach house and hayloft and build an extension to improve visitor facilities and provide improved access via a platform lift.
During these last few weeks we are busy installing our exhibitions and getting everything ready for our grand opening on Saturday 26th March 2016
Building works included an extension to the hayloft, a platform lift to enable wheelchair access and a new toilet block with accessible facilities. The hayloft will be used as a new learning and community space for exhibitions, events and activities.
The stables will re-open with an interactive exhibition exploring the history of Dalby House and its inhabitants and the coach house will be renamed ‘The Old Stables Tea Room’, run by the Friends of Erewash Museum providing refreshments for visitors to the museum.
The new permanent exhibition in the stables adjacent to the new tearoom will include interpretation panels, touch screen digital
displays and see, hear and smell items ‘bringing to life’ the stories of the people who lived and worked at Dalby House in the late 19th
century. The exhibition brings together all of the research that has been carried out by volunteers, which has given us a fascinating insight into the history of Dalby House and its inhabitants.
The centre will open up a range of opportunities to showcase local history and will provide a platform to extend the museum’s educational work with schools and create a community hub for local people.
A total of £563,600 funding was secured from the Heritage lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough
Council to transform the former coach house, stables and hayloft.
The Old Stables Tea Room
A new volunteer run tea room will be the community focus for visitors to Erewash Museum as part of the Heritage Lottery
Fund project. The Victorian themed tearoom is located in the coach house adjacent to the stable block and will trade under, ‘The Old Stables Tea Room’.
The tea room will be managed by the Friends of the Museum with all profits reinvested in the running of the tea room and
the museum. Volunteers will help serve tea, coffee and cakes with residents able to visit the new tea room for the first time at the public launch event on Saturday 26 March.