Arbeia Roman Fort announces new reopening date after setback

One of South Tyneside’s historic gems is set to reopen after emergency maintenance work stalled its post-lockdown revival.

Arbeia Roman Fort
Arbeia Roman Fort

But it was the museum had to swiftly close its doors again after heritage chiefs announced the need for emergency essential maintenance work.

Museum chiefs said the site would remain closed until Monday, August 24, at the earliest.

But the site in Baring Street on the Lawe Top announced today that it would reopen from Tuesday, August 25.

The site is operating strict social distancing procedures, with fewer people allowed on site and visitors asked to book in advance.

Some of the buildings will be closed and not all exhibitions are accessible.

The site is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM).

Speaking ahead of the reopening in July, Geoff Woodward, museum manager North & South Tyneside, TWAM, said the team were thrilled to be reopening Arbeia and its sister site of Segedunum in Wallsend.

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"Both present a very engaging experience of the eastern end of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier, with significant archaeological collections and remains,” he said.

"We’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy the museum displays, fort sites and surrounding grounds.”

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, added at the time that it was ‘wonderful’ to see Arbeia reopening.

“We know there has been a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes to make sure the site is Covid secure, with new measures put in place to help keep visitors and staff as safe as possible,” she said.

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"Arbeia is such a fantastic tourist attraction giving a fascinating insight into the history of the area. It’s important that visitors not only have a great day out, but feel confident about returning so that they can enjoy local culture once again.”