The UK has been hit with a wave of snow and icy weather, leading to the temporary closure of several museums across the country today.
In the North of England, Sheffield Museums has announced the closure of all of its sites, and the National Videogame Museum, also in the city has closed citing bad weather.
Also forced to close today is The Museum of Liverpool, while other National Museums Liverpool sites had opened later than usual. All Bradford Museums & Galleries sites are closed, and the snow has led Leeds Museums & Galleries to close its sites Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall and Leeds Industrial Museum.
West Chester Museums sites – Grosvenor Museum, Stretton Watermill, Weaver Hall Museum, Lion Salt Works and Chester History and Heritage – have also closed.
— Museum of Liverpool (@MuseumLiverpool) March 10, 2023
In the North East of England, Beamish Museum shared photos of its staff clearing the fallen snow, which meant the outdoor museum was able to open to visitors.
Thanks to our hardworking staff, who've been up early to clear snow from the museum footpaths, we're open as normal today! (10/03/23)
Doesn't look like it was all graft though… as a new member of staff has appeared outside of the park since we last walked past this morning😂 pic.twitter.com/VHrZWG2BZR
— Beamish Museum (@Beamish_Museum) March 10, 2023
In the West Midlands, similarly treacherous weather has forced the closure of Black Country Living Museum and Stourbridge Glass Museum.
⚠️ Please note the Museum is closed again today (Friday 10 March) due to the adverse weather conditions ⚠️
— Black Country Living Museum (@BCLivingMuseum) March 10, 2023
Yellow weather warnings were made today by the Met Office and continue tomorrow.
While the closures will no doubt be a disappointment to visitors, many museums have taken the opportunity to share items from their collections which relate to the snowy conditions.
❄️ Portion of an altar dedicated to Jupiter, the Roman god of weather and the sky. Translated, the Latin text reads: 'To Jupiter, Best and Greatest, …'
It was found in 1884 inside the Roman fortress between Eastgate and the Grosvenor Hotel. pic.twitter.com/gagv2OER16
— CWAC Museums (@cwacmuseums) March 10, 2023
There's not any #snow in the City today but here's a reminder of how enchanting it is. View from the Mound, Edinburgh, Looking West by William Crozier painted in 1929 and the Mound in Dec last year. #Edinburgh #ForeverEdinburgh #snowfall #snowday pic.twitter.com/Kpm8P7dZb5
— Edinburgh Museums (@EdinCulture) March 10, 2023
❄ Winter Landscape, 1952 ❄
It's another #snowy day and this painting by Julian Trevelyan perfectly captures the feeling of a crisp winter walk and the magic of snow. 🌨
This piece is one of many lovely wintry pictures that we currently have on display on the museum’s landing. pic.twitter.com/G5COQ4xyPx
— Buxton Museum (@BuxtonMuseum) March 10, 2023
Visitors who had planned to attend these museums have been advised to check the relevant websites and social media channels for the latest information on opening times and closures.