Saddleworth Museum, High Street, Uppermill, confirmed they will reopen to the public from 22nd May.

A number of volunteers and the curator (in a Covid compliant way) have started preparing the museum for the re-opening scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday the 22nd of May.

Whilst good practice guidelines for re-opening have been issued by the NMDC (National Museum Director’s Council) the museum will of course ensure that it will observe Gov. UK’s instructions regarding Covid compliance.

Visitors will most likely need to provide names and contact details on entry wear facemasks, observe social distancing rules and be advised to use the hand sanitisers.

A pre-booking system will not be in operation, but visitors may be asked to wait outside in a socially distanced queue should capacities be reached.

There will be no charge for browsing in the shop or a visit to the Russel Howarth Trustees Art Collection on display in the community gallery.

There will be the usual small charge to visit the four galleries of collections and all exhibitions in place prior to lockdown have been refreshed and extended.

From the 22nd May the museum intends to be open to the public as normal from 1 to 4 pm, seven days a week.

Plant donations from the “grow and donate” schemes can be made to the museum during Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of May. The first week of re-opening culminates in a plant sale in aid of the museum (charity number no. 528225) on Sunday 30th May. The plant sale will be held outside (but under cover) from 11 am to 3 pm in the museum’s “secret” garden.

It is suggested that those wishing for more information on the re-opening could email and those wanting more information on the “grow and donate” scheme could email