The National Motorcycle Museum has announced that their Museum LIVE event is postponed until October 2021.
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The event was due to take place on Saturday 31 October 2020, but issues revolving around social distancing requirements due to Covid-19 means Museum LIVE “simply isn’t possible”.
James Hewing, Museum Director, thanked everybody who has supported the event since its inception six years ago.
“Operating an event as popular as “Museum LIVE” simply isn’t possible under Covid-19 related restrictions, and in particular, the issues caused by social distancing requirements,” Mr Hewing said.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the event over the last six years, and can assure you that it will return even bigger and better in October 2021,” he added.
The announcement follows the National Motorcycle Museum’s launch of their own urgent appeal over concerns about how and when the museum will reopen.
The National Motorcycle Museum receives no external funding, meaning the museum relies on visitors to the museum and income from conference business and two sister hotels.
Mr Hewing explained: “Without the income from our three sister businesses, there is little likelihood of the museum opening, and then remaining open, until they return to normal trading. The museum itself requires a surplus of around £500,000 per year just to break even. Without making this appeal, we may have to sell some of our reserve collection of bikes, the last thing we would ever have wanted to do. Unfortunately, all of our business activities are in one of the hardest hit sectors, and we simply don’t know how long they will take to recover.”
The museum currently remains closed following the launch of the Covid-19 Reopening Appeal. For more details visit: www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/appeal-raffle/