Temporary Closure of Oakwell Hall
Oakwell Hall will close temporarily for a £190,000 investment programme from next week (Mon 31 October 2016).
The Grade I listed Elizabethan building in Birstall is in need of an essential electrical upgrade, so the historic Hall will close to the public until spring 2017.
The country park, weddings and events programme is not affected by the closure and opening times for the other facilities such as the Shop and Cafe will be as normal throughout the upgrade.
Cabinet Member for Arts Cllr Graham Turner said:
“We are investing in one of the jewels in our crown, as Oakwell Hall is key to our strategy to improve our museums offer, and also realise its potential to raise income through weddings and other events.
“We have kept the Hall open until this point as it is popular for half term activities, but we now need to close to allow all the work to be completed in time for the busy peak season next year.
“I must stress that this is nothing to do with the changes we are making to the museums service and the proposed closures of Dewsbury and Red House.
“This is about protecting and enhancing the Grade I listed status of Oakwell and investing in its future. The work is required to protect the building for future generations.”
The Hall will be closed from Monday 31 October.