Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is eager to serve the public takeaway refreshments from the beautiful Jacobean gardens, opening on Monday 12 April.

Following the announcement of the government's roadmap for reopening, Tullie House is looking forward to receiving visitors again. From Monday 12 April, six people from separate households will be able to meet in gardens and the Museum’s café will be open for takeaway refreshments. John Watt & Son, the café operators, will be serving their much-loved coffee, tea and light bites from a gazebo in the Tullie House gardens. Whilst adults relax, children can enjoy a special garden trail helping Tullie Mouse discover the signs of spring.

Peter Johnston, Director of John Watt says: “We’re delighted to be open and serving refreshments in the unique setting of the gardens at Tullie House”

Tullie House Museum is scheduled to reopen the doors to its galleries on Tuesday, 18 May 2021.

The museum may have been closed, but staff at Tullie House have been busy preparing two brand new exhibits and setting up a brand-new online booking system which will allow visitors to book tickets and purchase memberships online in advance of their visit.

In the temporary exhibition art gallery, Driggsby, A Whale’s Tale is a spectacular and immersive exhibition telling the poignant story of Driggsby the fin whale as she saves the seas. The major new interactive exhibition is part of an exciting project funded by a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by Tullie House Museum and Prism Arts. It tells the story of Driggsby the Fin Whale as imagined by school children from West Cumbria.

The Costume Collection at Tullie House, is a major new visitor experience boasting two stunning new galleries dedicated to the display of the Museum’s amazing fashion and textile collection. From the rare and beautiful to the practical and familiar with each outfit giving an insight into the life and identity of the person they belonged to.

Featuring over forty outfits and accessories the new galleries tell the stories of some of the women who have lived, loved, and worked in Carlisle over the past 350 years. From the infamous Carlisle ‘miser’ Margery Jackson to lesser-known stories of Land Army girls, factory workers, nurses, radicals, homemakers, and artists.

The galleries also include an innovative digital art installation inspired by the history of Carlisle as a ‘textile city’.

Despite being closed to the public, the museum has continued to reach out to the community over the last few weeks. It has produced digital content for Chinese New Year which has become a regular event in Carlisle. Its audience has also been entertained with a weekly quiz, new puzzles and online jigsaws to encourage people through the end of winter. The team have also re-started their Accessible Art Group online, and their Tullie Textiles group continues to meet digitally every month.

The Museum is delighted to have been able to offer this digital activity, but it excited to welcome visitors to the building once again.

Andrew Mackay, Director at Tullie House Museum said; “We’ve found that visitors have really appreciated the continued community outreach over the latest lockdown. We’ve seen a lot of support and an increase in online donations, which is vital for us as a charity that relies on public support.”

Gill Hewgill, Visitor Experience Manager at Tullie House Museum said; “We can’t wait to see you in person and welcome you back – and see the fantastic new gallery experiences for the first time! The new online booking system will make it even easier to support your local museum by buying tickets and renewing your membership online.”

The Museum has continued with Covid-safety measures to keep everyone safe. Visitors unfamiliar with the museum can view the what to expect video hosted on their website.