A CITY museum will be opened on Saturday following a major refurbishment.

Formerly known as ‘The Old House’, the Black and White House Museum in High Street, Hereford, demonstrates what life was like in the city during the 17th century, using authentically re-created rooms, original furniture and everyday family items.

A Civil War re-enactment regiment will march through the city centre on Saturday morning before Colonel John Fox ceremonially opens the museum at 11am.

Housed in an impressive and original Jacobean building that started life in 1621. It is hoped that the new museum will also encourage visitors and shoppers to stay longer in the city centre.

As part of the investment by Herefordshire Council there are new displays on every floor.

There is also a unique 3-D model of Hereford’s city centre in the 17th century.

Cllr Bramer, Cabinet member for contracts and assets, said: “The Black and White House museum is one of England’s best preserved Jacobean buildings and it protects a very important collection of traditional English furniture and domestic items, as once owned, made and used by the rich and the poor of Hereford.

“This museum is very much a part of the future of the city and county and I’m confident that it is going to make a big contribution to Hereford’s visitor economy and High Town’s thriving and distinctive street scene.”

Entrance to the museum is £2.50 for adults (18 years and over) and £1.50 for children.