New Lease of Life for St John's; REFURBISHMENT: Warwickshire Architectural 'Gem' Gets a Pounds 100,000 Re-Fit

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), April 5, 2008 | Go to article overview

New Lease of Life for St John's; REFURBISHMENT: Warwickshire Architectural 'Gem' Gets a Pounds 100,000 Re-Fit


Byline: By Michael Corley

ONE of the oldest and most historic buildings in Warwickshire has reopened after massive refurbishment.

The pounds 100,000 re-fit at St John's Museum in Warwick involved the ground floor of the 17th century building getting new exhibitions, a visitor reception area with shop, and a fireside reading area.

The architectural gem, which is in the heart of Warwick, reopened on Thursday after being shut for six months.

To celebrate its new lease of life, a free exhibition will be launched on Saturday April 12.

It will include interactive Victorian classroom and laundry sessions, story telling, stilt walking, Victorian policemen, and themed musical entertainment.

Visitors will also get to play with a new display, Made to Move, which features some of the toys and games from the house's collection, which date from the early 19th century to the present day.

Another display focuses on school experiences at the turn of the 19th century, using items from the house's collection including, photographs, and extracts from school log books held at the County Record Office. …

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