Grove to close early for repair

The Grove Museum

The Grove Museum

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The Grove Museum of Victorian Life will close its doors to visitors early this year to enable repairs to be carried out on its leaking roof.

The Manx National Heritage site in Ramsey usually closes for the season at the end of October or beginning of November –but this year will close after a wedding in the grounds in early September.

Head of public services Gaynor Haxby told the Manx Independent: ‘We are going to scaffold the building in order to repair the roof which has been leaking for some time.

‘The very wet winter we had exacerbated the problem. We need to get in there and sort it out, and we need to do it before the winter.

‘We are fully intending that it will be looking fantastic and open to the public for the 2015 season at the usual time.’

Inside, damp can be seen in the walls on the stairwell, and some exhibits have had to be moved for their protection.

When asked what the cost of the work would be, Gaynor said: ‘It depends on what they find when they go up there, how serious it is, and where it is. I’m sure it won’t be cheap – these things never are.’

The museum is the former family home of Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb, who developed the house as a summer retreat in the mid 19th century. The Victorian villa later became the family’s permanent residence.

Gibb sisters Alice and Janet lived there until their deaths in the 1970s. The period rooms contain mostly original furnishings and fittings, a costume room, and displays of the possessions of three generations.

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