Visitor figures quadruple at town museum

Tribeswoman at Guildhall museum in Boston
Tribeswoman at Guildhall museum in Boston

SUMMER may be over but one Boston museum is still basking in its glory, after seeing visitor numbers shoot up 450 per cent over the summer.

The Guildhall, on South Street, has seen figures boom this August, with numbers through the door going from just 242 last year to a whopping 1,401 in the month just gone.

Officials at the Boston Borough Council-run venue have put the increase down to a free entry trial currently running at the museum, as well as the Big Dig exhibition, which was based on finds from live excavations in the Market Place in July.

Luke Skerritt, principal museum, arts and heritage officer for the museum said: “The increase in admission figures to the Guildhall Museum is fantastic.

Comments received from visitors reveal that many are local people and include those visiting the building for the first time as well as those who have rediscovered the Guildhall. The feedback’s really positive and usually states what a gem we have here.”

The council started free entry at the museum in April as part of a one-year trial. Visitor numbers have been significantly up since the scheme began, with the first six months of the year seeing a 3,142 increase on the same period last year.

But Luke said the increase is down to more than just the cost, as the museum has had a great programme of displays.

A Victorian Britain exhibition is currently on display and will run until the end of January. Items from the Big Dig are being catalogued and will be back on temporary display in the future.