West Yorkshire museums bring in £34 million
Museums in West Yorkshire have contributed more than £34m to the regional economy, according to a new report.
Figures released by Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Local Authority Museum Partnership reveal the museums welcomed over 1.7m visitors last year through their doors. The information has been released on a new video, which highlights attractions across the county and encourages people to take pride in their local museums and galleries.
Kirklees’ museums and galleries helped provide a £4m boost to the economy, the council says. Cllr Graham Turner, cabinet member for corporate services, said “I am proud of our history and the role our fantastic museums and galleries play in telling our story, raising the profile of the area and evidently supporting the economy. They are a strong element of our cultural offer which attracts people to live, work, learn and invest here, and they encourage lots of people of all ages to learn and connect with each other.
The news comes 18 months after the council closed two of its museums – the Bronte themed Red House and the Dewsbury Museum. There is still some uncertainty about the future of another museum – the Tolson. It had also been earmarked for closure but a £40,000 award to revamp the entrance laid supporters to belive that a reprieve was on the way.
However councillors have yet to confirm whether they will go ahead with a proposal to replace the Tolson.
Sarah Maxfield, area director for Arts Council England, added: “England has some of the finest regional museums in the world, with extraordinary collections ranging from the earliest prehistory to modern art and science. It’s great to see the social and economic benefits West Yorkshire’s museums provide presented in such a creative and lively way in this video.”