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Museum is a disgrace to your city
A WORCESTER museum has been heavily criticised by a visitor who has labelled it a disgrace.
Les Evans visited the Commandery in Sidbury when some friends came to stay. But the former teacher said he was left annoyed and deeply embarrassed by the trip.
“I felt the museum was a disgrace to the city of Worcester,” he said.
“We paid over £4 to get in and all we really saw is a series of empty rooms.
“I used to take groups to the Commandery. I did notice it was getting a bit run down, but there were some good things there.
“Where have all these things gone? All I saw was irrelevant artefacts and empty spaces. The staff were good, but the museum is the worst I have been to. I was both annoyed and deeply embarrassed by the visit.
“If Worcester had any pride, it would use this lovely house properly and make an outstanding Civil War Museum.”
Mr Evans, of Evesham Road, Church Lench, sent a complaint to the museum and received a response thanking him and ensuring him that improvements would be made in the future.
Sue Pope, manager of the museum, said a decision was taken in 2004 to remove the exhibits, which had been in place for 15 years. At the time, a grant allowed the museum to take a new direction and focus on the history of the “beautiful and fascinating building”.
She said: “A Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2004 allowed us to place the focus on the building and its many inhabitants.
“It enabled us to stabilise the condition of many areas of the building, including the 14th century Painted Chamber. It was always felt the restoration of the building was only the first phase of developing the Commandery into a greater tourist attraction.
“Museums Worcester-shire is currently seeking funding to develop a much more interactive visitor experience. Over time we hope to strengthen the displays to tell the vital story of the birthplace of democracy.”