What a shame that the Rotunda’s star attraction, Gristhorpe Man, is out of bounds and unable to be seen by visitors.
The Shell gallery in which the Bronze Age man lies is closed for repairs, with, apparently, a leaky roof to blame. The gallery also houses the Star Carr display, the Early Middle Stone Age site.
These wonders from the distant past are a valuable addition to the history and heritage of the town, and let’s hope the remedial work on the ageing circular building is done swiftly. It was unfortunate that the closure came just before the recent Heritage Days Weekend. The Rotunda managed to attract many families with its fossils and dinosaurs theme, but it was outdone on that occasion by the art gallery – given a breath of fresh air with clever rehanging of paintings and use of space – and Woodend, which has benefited from the arrival of Yay coffee bar and is an exciting and thriving venue.