Birmingham news Donations pour into Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove after vandal attack MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Vandals went on the rampage at the open-air museum over the weekend causing thousands of pounds in damage
Breaking News ! Donations have been pouring in to a Worcestershire museum which was attacked by vandals just a day after it reopened from lockdown. Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove had been closed for six months but was trashed by thugs less than 24 hours after it reopened. The vandals left a trail of destruction when they went on the rampage on Saturday night - causing thousands of pounds-worth of damage. Museum staff made the shocking discovery on Sunday morning and were forced to close for the rest of the bank Holiday weekend and refund tickets to the 180 visitors booked in. Smashed glass left the Avoncroft Museum too dangerous to open (Image: Courtesy of the Avoncroft Museum) Vandals smashed dozens of windows and broke historic plates and ornaments, and also attacked some of the museum's historic buildings. The museum set up a fundraising page on its site here and Nick Sturgess, its acting deputy director, said people were donating funds and offering help. Mr Sturgess told the BBC : "The outpouring of support we have had from visitors and potential visitors on social media has been absolutely fantastic." He added this was "much appreciated, particularly at this point". Avoncroft was England's first open-air museum when it originally opened more than 50 years ago in 1967. Read More Related Articles 'Vile' vandals trash Victorian church at Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove after it had just reopened Read More Related Articles Popular Kidderminster pub The King and Castle run by Severn Valley Railway to temporarily close The site, which is run by a charity and staffed by volunteers, contains more than 30 historic buildings and structures which have been rescued from locations across the UK and re-built.
. Among the exhibits damaged by vandals were the interiors of the Toll House and Nailers Cottage. Also damaged was The 1881 Mission Church from Bringsty Common in Herefordshire Bromsgrove MP and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, went to see the vandalism for himself over the weekend and condemned on it on Twitter, saying it was "just awful". He also appealed for people to make donations to the fundraising appeal and included the link.
Avoncroft Museum buildings have been vandalised - one day after reopening following closure for six months
(Image: Courtesy of the Avoncroft Museum)
Speaking over the weekend, Zoe Willems, the museum's director, said the attack happened after much preparation at the site. "It's very disheartening really, so much time and effort and love has been given to these places by our volunteers, by our staff, we've worked really hard to get open for the public and then this, [it's] mindless.. it's just been trashed," she said.
West Mercia Police appealed for information, saying officers were "keen to identify the culprits of this mindless act of vandalism". Anyone with information is asked to phone 101, or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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