After being shut down for over a year due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the FAST Museum reopened to the public over the weekend of Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August.
On the Saturday visitors were gathering at the gate before the opening time and by the end of the day a total of 122 people had explored the museum and shop. Sunday was a more typical day with 100 visiting the museum and its facilities.
The museum has been made COVID safe with all visitors being asked to wear a face covering and maintain Social Distancing. Free disposable masks were provided to the small number of visitors arriving without one; people were happy to go along with the requests to ensure the safety of the visitors and volunteers.
During the Lockdown the opportunity had been taken to improve the Museum Shop and several new displays have also been added e.g. Flying Helmets, Sonobuoys, Metal Fatigue and the Noise Suppression techniques, developed at Pyestock and applied to gas turbines.
Some restrictions are unfortunately still in place within the Museum, namely removal of the Kiddies Corner, access to Flight Simulators and open aircraft cockpits. However, the museum hopes to remove these remaining covid related restrictions as soon as possible.