The shop at Newark Air Museum has now re-opened thanks to the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
The Newark Air Museum (NAM) is a registered charity and throughout the Covid-19 lockdown NAM has been trying to generate vital funding by selling aviation kits and books, through its associated trading operation the Newark Air Museum Shop. Until now this has been via and Order & Collect system.
Recent changes to the non-essential retail trading guidelines mean that the Air Museum has now re-opened its shop. A full set of Covid-Secure Risk Assessments have been completed for the shop and it will operate on the following basis:
- The shop will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Opening times will be 10am to 11am for museum members and 11am to 4pm for the public
- Only one shopper will be allowed into the shop at a time & there will be a contact number by the entrance for people to use to gain access (please bring your phones)
- Social distancing measures will be in place and Covid-Secure procedures will be used
- Contactless payments are preferred, but credit cards, cheques and cash will be accepted
- Shoppers will be encouraged to collect kits and books off the displays themselves; but they will be discouraged from opening kits and spending time leafing through the books
- Normal access routes to the shop will be in operation - off Drove Lane via the entrance next to the Motor Auction Site
- A queuing area has been set up outside in the car parking area. Note there will be no access to the wider museum site, display buildings or café
To help people to decide whether or not to come and shop, Newark Air has created virtual product lists, which feature photographs of the key sections of the Museum Shop to try and provide an idea of what is in stock. Shoppers are encouraged to email in to request copies of these lists for these main product areas: Italeri Aircraft Kits, Revell Aircraft Kits, Airfix Aircraft Kits, Airfix Quick-Builds, Tamiya Aircraft Kits, Trumpeter Aircraft Kits, Assorted Aviation Books.
For any such enquiries NAM will email out details explaining how shoppers can check for stock availability and request a price for the items. As things start to operate normally, the stock availability will change and NAM cannot be held responsible if an item is no longer available when shoppers arrive.
The museum trustees appreciate that this is not a perfect solution, but it does act as a step towards normal opening and help generate vital funds at this challenging time. This gradual reopening process will also provide important experience to help NAM to evaluate and understand how social distancing measures might need to be implemented elsewhere on the larger site when the museum is eventually able to reopen. Full details can be found on the News section of the museum website: http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/latest-news.
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