COUNCILLORS have given the green light to the development of a new interactive experience at The Commandery, in the heart of historic Worcester.
After the green light was given at a meeting of the Joint Museums Committee, planning will begin to create an ‘Escape Room experience’ at The Commandery, one of Worcester’s oldest buildings. Escape Rooms are interactive quizzes where teams solve puzzles to ‘escape’ a room or a building.
A total of £26,000 has been allocated to development, with a view to the Escape Rooms being open later this year.
The Museums Service hopes to work with a professional Escape Room company to deliver a fun experience which maximises the building’s history as well as providing an additional income stream to support the running of The Commandery.
Speaking at the meeting, committee chair Coun Mike Johnson said: “This is a very intriguing prospect which should introduce an exciting new element to The Commandery and support its sustainability.
The Commandery is historically linked to ‘escapes’; Charles II fled from the Battle of Worcester in 1651 as 13,000 royalist troops were defeated by Cromwell’s 28,000 strong ‘New Model Army’ at Sidbury Gate.
Escape Rooms are not the only innovative use of the historic building, as The Commandery already provides a unique backdrop for weddings and other special events. F
Visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/museums/the-commandery for more.