HISTORY buffs will from tomorrow (Wednesday) be able to peruse documents and ancient items to once again delve into Somerset's past.

People will be able to visit the Museum of Somerset, in Taunton, and Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, as they re-open following almost five months of lockdown.

Somerset Heritage Centre, in Norton Fitzwarren, re-opened last week.

To keep visitors safe, and comply with Government guidelines, the trust is introducing a number of changes, including revised opening hours and the need to pre-book visits.

Chief executive Tom Mayberry said: “We’re most grateful to everyone who responded to our online surveys.

"The results provided us with some very helpful information to guide reopening and told us what matters to our visitors. We’re now very much looking forward to welcoming the public back.

"We are launching a new programme, ‘Together Again’, which includes enhanced opportunities to engage digitally with heritage.

"We are working with local partners to open two new art exhibitions, which will be accessible onsite and online.

"We will also be launching a programme of online talks this autumn."

The trust closed its sites on March 18. Since then, it has continued to share Somerset's heritage through online initiatives such as Somerset Day, VE Day, Volunteers’ Week, Archive 30 and the Festival of Archaeology.

The Museum of Somerset and Somerset Rural Life Museum will open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, with admission by advance booking only.

Somerset Heritage Centre is opening Tuesday to Thursday with two bookable sessions each day, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.

To book go to swheritage.org.uk