Bolton Central Library and Museum, Aquarium and Archive will soon be open seven days a week for the first time.
For four Sundays during August, the library and museum buildings in Le Mans Crescent, will be open from 10am to 4pm.
The trial opening times aim to provide free attractions for families and to attract people into the town centre at weekends.
The venues will be open on 2, 9, 16 and 23 August and will coincide with the internationally renowned Ironman event taking place on Sunday 2 August and the Local Produce Market on Sunday 23 August. Visitors to these events will be able to take advantage of what the museum and library have to offer.
Currently on display at the museum is the exhibition, “Simple Beginnings: the Story of Evolution”, which was launched by TV personality Johnny Ball in June. This exhibition looks at the story of Charles Darwin and the impact of his theory on evolution.
Also on display throughout August is an exhibition on the works of Cecil Collins. The multi-talented painter, poet, writer, designer and teacher drew influence from a variety of surrealists and neo-romanticists. His work is described as having a magical quality which often depicts fantastical landscapes or figures.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy these special exhibitions and more every day of the week during August, absolutely free of charge.
At the library, a full range of facilities will be available during the Sunday opening times. Visitors to the library can borrow a book, catch up on the latest news in the newspaper and magazine section or book a session in the computer suite and take advantage of free internet access.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services said: “I think it’s a great idea for the Central Library and Museum to open for a period on Sundays. In these tough economic times, the availability of free entertainment and amenities, with access to training and education, can only be a positive thing for Bolton’s families and might even attract visitors from further afield.
“With our hectic lives, sometimes the only free day we get is a Sunday and what nicer way to spend it than strolling round the museum or picking out a nice book to read?”
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