AVONCROFT Museum has been forced to close after heartless vandals caused substantial damage to its buildings.
The incident last night saw windows smashed in several buildings and police forensic officers are now on the scene gathering evidence. Staff and volunteers will be needed to clean up the mess left by the culprits.
Museums and historical sites have had a tough 12 months, having had to close because of lockdowns and Covid restrictions.
The venue manged to reopen for the bank holiday weekend with limited capacity and today and tomorrow would have provided significant income to help with the running costs.
A spokesperson for the museum said: “Unfortunately we were subjected to a vandal attack yesterday evening – there is a lot of work to be done by police and forensics, and by our small team to clear up a lot of broken glass throughout the site, and it’s just not safe to open.
“I know you’ll be disappointed, and so are we – yesterday was such a lovely day, and today promised to be fine as well – we hope you’ll book to visit us again in the near future.”
People who have tickets for today will be reimbursed shortly.
The museum has asked people not to call or email as the attraction has a very small team to deal with enquiries.
The spokesperson added: “Thank you for your understanding – and if you know of a local glazier or boarding up company who is available on a bank holiday Sunday, please message us!!
“Any help greatly welcomed.”
Anyone who can help should message the museum through its Facebook page or call 01527 831363.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to help the museum can visit https://avoncroft.org.uk/make-a-donation/.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.