Kirklees Council confirms museum closures

Kirklees council is to go ahead with the threatened closure of some of its museums.

 

Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park and Red House Museum in Gomersal will bne axed as the West Yorkshire authority seeks to save Kirklees Council £351,000 in its budget for museums and galleries by next April.

Oakwell Hall and Country Park would stay open, along with Bagshaw Museum, while  Huddersfield Art Gallery and Tolson Museum would stay open “for the time being.”, according to a council spokesman.

Future plans include merging Tolson Museum and Huddersfield Art Gallery into a combined Huddersfield Museum and Art Gallery. The council said the changes would “save money whilst maintaining high-quality local attractions for residents and visitors”.

Jacqueline Ryder, chairwoman of the Friends of Red House Museum, said: “This news confirms our worst fears after months of rumour and speculation. Considering the close links with Charlotte Brontë, it is very sad that Kirklees Council has made this announcement when we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charlotte’s birth.”

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