Name Change Marks Start of Two-Year Refresh of City’s Museum

Ahead of the 20-year anniversary in 2025, Lincolnshire County Council is investing around £1m to update The Collection Museum over the next two years – starting with a straightforward renaming.

From 1 April 2023, The Collection Museum on Danes Terrace in the city, will simply be known as Lincoln Museum, to mark the start of a refresh of the popular venue.

Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, executive member for culture at Lincolnshire County Council, explains:

“When we first started talking about refreshing the facilities and gallery spaces at the museum, the question of the name came up, and the suggestion was to just call it what it is, ‘Lincoln Museum’.

“Whilst The Collection Museum has become known amongst residents of the county, visitors may be left wondering what it is a collection of, and not understanding what we have to offer. With that in mind, it seems like the common sense approach to call ourselves Lincoln Museum from 1 April. We’ll continue offering the exhibitions, activities and events that our visitors love – and hopefully welcome some new ones too.”

The refresh of the museum’s visitor facilities and gallery spaces will start later this year. All the work should be finished by 2025, when the museum will mark its twenty-year anniversary. 

Cllr Cawrey continues:

“These refurbishment works represent just shy of £1m being invested in our heritage offer over two years. Much of the museum hasn’t been updated properly since it opened in 2005, and simply needs modernising so we can continue to give visitors the warm welcome they expect.

“Refreshing Lincoln Museum will also have wider impacts on the visitor economy across the city and county, ensuring that we have the high quality attractions that keep visitors coming to Lincoln.”

Lincoln Museum will remain open to visitors throughout most of the refurbishment works, with some short-term closures of certain areas as necessary.

The museum and nearby Usher Gallery – both on Danes Terrace – are open from Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.