Cumberland House back open to public

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A HISTORY museum in Portsmouth has reopened.

Cumberland House natural history museum was reopened yesterday after a makeover.

Lord Mayor Councillor Lynne Stagg was at the historic building, which has been refurbished and made more family-friendly.

Run by Portsmouth City Council, it had been closed for five months for the revamp of the reception, ground-floor gallery, the stairwell and one of the first-floor galleries.

To mark the reopening, there is an exhibition of children’s work on the theme of birds and butterflies called Flights of Fancy.

Cllr Stagg said: ‘A lot of time and effort has gone into the refurbishment of the museum.

‘Outdated displays have been removed, the beautiful proportions and architectural features of the building have been revealed.

‘More attractive, versatile and accessible spaces have been created. The refurbished ground-floor gallery is the perfect setting for the fabulous new exhibition.

‘Flights of Fancy is a great example of how we aim to work with the local community to develop an inspirational and enjoyable venue for residents and visitors.

‘It’s a phenomenal display and the children are so proud of what they’ve done. They loved doing it.’

The museum is free and open from Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holiday Mondays from 10am until 5.30pm.