September 15, 2010 9.33 am This story is over 162 months old

Museum to reopen after year-long closure

Accessible: The Usher Gallery will reopen in October with improved disabled access, after year-long works at the venue.

The Usher Gallery is set to reopen its doors to visitors on Saturday, October 2, after works to improve disabled access to its entrance.

The gallery now moved its entrance, facing on to Danes Terrace, towards The Collection Museum, which is more friendly for people with mobility difficulties.

Works at the museum started in October 2009, when the venue was closed to visitors. All artworks had to be taken off, covered, or put into storage.

The original entrance from Lindum Road is still in place as a feature of the gallery, but won’t be used for its original purpose anymore.

Artist's impression of the new Usher Gallery entrance.

The Usher Gallery also has a new lift for easier visitor access, and a new outside exhibition space that is available for sculptures and larger artworks.

Councillor Eddy Poll, Executive Member for Cultural Services at the Lincolnshire County Council, the administrators of the museum, is excited about the refurb.

“The new entrance will also make the gallery a more visible part of Lincoln’s cultural quarter, with it facing towards The Collection, The Terrace and The Jew’s House.”

The Usher Gallery will also host the National Portrait Gallery winners tour from October 2 to November 14. It is one of only three UK venues to show the exhibition.

Artist's impression of the new Usher Gallery entrance.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council | Main Photo: James Stringer