MAINTENANCE works are underway to protect Colchester's Hollytrees Museum from potential water damage.

The popular attraction will remain open during the essential repair works, which started today, July 8, and will be ongoing for several months.

The work will focus primarily on the roof and upper areas of the museum.

By carrying out the maintenance during the summer months, it is anticipated that favourable weather will prevail throughout the duration of the works.

The upcoming project is being funded by MEND from Arts Council England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Councillor Natalie Sommers, portfolio holder for communities, heritage and public protection, said: "Hollytrees Museum is a vital part of Colchester’s rich cultural heritage.

"It is wonderful news that we have secured the funding needed for these essential repairs, which are now underway to ensure the continued opening of this lovely building as a place of learning and enjoyment for future generations.

"This commitment underscores our dedication to preserving our historic sites."

A Georgian townhouse from 1718, Hollytrees Museum first opened its doors as a museum in 1929 and has since provided insight into three centuries' worth of history.

The museum's exhibits offer a glimpse into both the affluent and less privileged sides of family life throughout the centuries.

Among the interactive displays are classic toys and games, the Bernard Mason Gallery displaying an array of Colchester clocks from mid-17th to mid-19th century and even an opportunity for children to dress up as historical servants.

The museum also houses the Visit Colchester Information Centre, a resource for people more interested in what the Colchester of today can offer.

Despite the forthcoming repairs, visitors are encouraged to continue exploring Hollytrees Museum and the Visitor Information Centre during the maintenance period.

The combination of interactive exhibitions and abundance of resources offers an immersive experience in Colchester's vibrant cultural tapestry.

Following the works, the museum aims to continue its role as a leading figure within the community, preserving the rich history and cultural heritage of Colchester.