Work will soon be taking place to enhance access to Eton’s popular Natural History Museum.

New steps and a lift are going to be installed at the front entrance, which will be created in keeping with the building’s Edwardian façade. The work will enable even more people to visit the attraction, which is Berkshire’s only dedicated natural history museum.

The museum will be open on Easter Day, Sunday 5 April but will then have to close in order for the access work to take place. It is scheduled to re-open on Sunday 17 May.

“The museum has been in its present location for more than 100 years, since 1895,” explained its Curator, George Fussey. “Whilst it is a stunning building, it has to be accessible to all and we are delighted that work to address this is now taking place. It is always disappointing to close but we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to the museum in May.”

Visitor numbers have been increasing in recent years and it is proving particularly popular among young families. The Natural History Museum, which is at Eton College, is free and opens to the public every Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm-5pm. It houses more than 16,000 specimens and displays.