Museums and galleries – have your say
We want your views on the future of our museums and galleries.
We are looking to make changes which will save money whilst maintaining high-quality local attractions for residents and visitors.
For the next 3 weeks (4-24 July 2016) you can have your say either online or by attending an engagement sessions.
Everyone is welcome to express their opinion and all feedback will be taken into account before a final decision on museums and galleries is made later in the year.
We need to reduce our budget for museums and galleries due to severe cutbacks in government funding.
But we want any changes to reflect the expectations of 21st century audiences.
We’ve already tried out some different approaches including pop-up museums and displays in local venues. There is expected to be a mix of activity and a range of different experiences, with collections possibly being taken into local communities.
We currently run Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park; Bagshaw Museum in Wilton Park, Batley; and Tolson Museum in Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield.
And we also manage Huddersfield Art Gallery and are responsible for two historic houses: Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Birstall; and Red House Museum, Gomersal.
The available funding means the number of sites needs to be reduced.
The proposal is for Oakwell Hall and Country Park to stay open, along with Bagshaw Museum. Both of these sites are in North Kirklees.
In the south of the district, both Huddersfield Art Gallery and Tolson Museum would stay open for the time being.
However, as part of our plans to attract more visitors into a revitalised Huddersfield town centre, we are looking at combining Huddersfield Museum and Art Gallery in a town-centre location, which is still to be decided.
Once this was open, Tolson Museum and the current Art Gallery would close and appropriate collections would transfer to the new site.
This would leave the three sites as Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Bagshaw Museum and a new Huddersfield Museum and Art Gallery.
The other sites would close, and their collections would either be transferred or stored. Appropriate uses would be found for the empty buildings.
We will be working closely with Friends organisations and other local groups and partners to develop future services.
How to have your say on Museums and Galleries
People can express their views from Monday 4 July until Sunday 24 July.