Redevelopment | Banbury Museum

Banbury Museum welcomes all to hear development plans

After announcing their plans to improve the gallery space, Banbury Museum is welcoming the community to visit this Saturday to hear more about the development.

The Museum have already raised £300,000 to ensure the creation of The Pye Gallery which will open this December. The development will make the special exhibition space nearly 40% larger than the existing gallery which will enable the museum to bring a wider range of national touring exhibitions from major museums and collections.

Visit this Saturday to celebrate the upcoming development and learn more about what’s to come and how to get involved and support these exciting plans. There will be staff on hand to answer questions, large graphics available to view and more detail about the funding behind this exciting project. The museum will also be providing free craft activities and face painting for children from 11am – 3pm.

Banbury Museum announces development plans to create the Pye Gallery

Banbury Museum encourages curiosity in all ages and invites people to come together to discover unheard and inspirational stories, engage with cultural heritage and learn from special exhibitions.

Since the museum became a trust in November 2013 the team have been committed to sharing its passion for history and culture by brining exciting and interactive exhibitions to the community of Banbury, continuously developing and improving its offer.

Banbury Museum are incredibly excited to announce that on Tuesday 28th August they will be starting a project to re-develop the ground floor of the museum and create The Pye Gallery. This new gallery will be nearly 40% larger than the existing gallery for special exhibitions which will enable the museum to bring a wider range of national touring exhibitions from major museums and collections.

The development and creation of The Pye Gallery has been a strong focus for the museum over the past year and they have been extremely successful in their fundraising efforts to ensure this ambitious development goes ahead. With a committed driving force, the team at Banbury Museum have already raised £300,000 from Trusts and Foundations and Private Donations and now turn to the people of Banburyshire to get involved with the last piece of the Pye!

The museum is determined to bring better exhibitions to the community and are now inviting the public to get involved in this exciting project by donating a piece towards the improvements.

Simon Townsend, Museum Director explains “Banbury Museum Trust is delighted to give the green light to The Pye Gallery, which will open this December. We have raised an incredible £300,000 in just over 12 months and are very excited to start this project. This development would not have been possible without the many generous donations, not least the Mr and Mrs J A Pye’s Charitable Settlement, after which the gallery will take its name. We now invite the community to raise the final £30,000 with us and welcome all to celebrate in the museum on 18th August and to hear more about our plans.”

As a charitable trust Banbury Museum appreciates all donations supporting the museums mission in providing an inspirational, educational and enriching programme for all to enjoy. Together the community of Banbury can play an important part in the development of The Pye Gallery and contribute towards creating a space that will host many national and international exhibitions for future generations to come.  

On Saturday 18th August Banbury Museum welcomes all to celebrate the upcoming development and learn more about what’s to come. There will be staff on hand to answer questions, large graphics available to view and more detail about the funding behind this exciting project. The museum will also be providing free craft activities and face painting for children from 11am – 3pm.

This is a very exciting time for Banbury as the area begins a vibrant and commercial regeneration and Banbury Museum is looking forward to introducing how they plan to play a part in enhancing the cultural offer in Banbury.

Support the Museum’s development today and help make sure that incredible encounters continue to happen every day.