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Museums, smaller libraries close across county

Beaumanor Hall exterior shot

Leicestershire’s museums and most smaller libraries are now closed as part of county council measures to prioritise public safety during the coronavirus outbreak.

Yesterday, council leader Nick Rushton urged residents to follow Government advice to help stop the spread and said that the council’s priority is keeping critical services running.

On Monday (16 March), the Government advised against non-essential travel and social contact including not visiting pubs, restaurants and theatres.

Notable Leicestershire landmarks such as Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the Century Theatre are now closed until further notice.

The list of closures also includes:

  • Beacon Café;
  • Beaumanor Hall catered events and schools trips; 
  • 1485 Tithe Barn at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre;
  • The 1620s House at Donington-le-Heath;
  • Charnwood Museum;
  • Melton Museum;
  • Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland



Library services will be concentrated on the main centres at Loughborough, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Coalville, Oadby, Wigston Magna and Melton Mowbray, with the situation kept under regular review.

However, events, activities, adult learning classes and clubs due to take place in all libraries have been cancelled (until further notice). Items currently out on loan will not be due for return until 1 May 2020.

Most Community Managed Libraries may also close, please check their websites for further details.

As I’m sure you understand, some events will be cancelled – so keep in touch by following the national guidance, our website and social media channels

“These are unprecedented times. I understand residents may be feeling unsettled but it’s important people heed the national advice. 

"Life will be different for many weeks and months, which will bring challenges, but the national plans are designed to slow the spread so that lives can be saved.

"We are taking the necessary immediate and longer-term steps to support and protect residents, staff and partners.

"Our focus is keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people such as our children’s and adults’ services, coroners, urgent road repairs, waste disposal and public health.  

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