Dewsbury Museum to close on 6 November

The front of an old building with three floors and half covered in ivy

Dewsbury Museum will be closing on 6 November 2016.  This is the first step in withdrawing the museum’s service from the building.

The front of Dewsbury Museum which has with three floors and half covered in ivy

From the 6 November the Grade 2 listed Dewsbury Museum and shop will no longer be open to the public.

However, the café next door will stay open as will the greenhouse and adventure playground.

Red House Museum in Gomersal will also close to the public on 21 December.

The council agreed to close Dewsbury Museum, in Crow Nest Park and Red House in Gomersal at a meeting on 3 October 2016.

This is part of a wider re-organisation of the Museums Service that will see the council save £531,000.

The items from the Museums will be moved into storage whilst officers consider how items can be displayed in future, for the benefit of the people of Kirklees.

the process for gathering expressions of interest to take over the running of the buildings will start soon.

An information pack will be available online before the end of November 2016

We expect to make decisions on any expressions of interest in Spring 2016.  If nobody from the community is willing to take over the running of the buildings, we’ll look at placing them for sale on the open market.

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Resources said:

“The council did not want to be in this position.  Nobody wants to close museums but we do need to react to these times of austerity and make savings.

“I am sorry that people will no longer be able to access these museums,  but I can assure you that we will do everything possible to look after the collections.

“Following our recent consultation, we know that the public support our plan to find new and innovative ways for them to view the collections, and we will be doing more of this in the future.

“Museums are not just about buildings it’s about using the collections to tell the story of our past and how they influence what we do today.”

 

7 comments

  • Kmc should know better than to close the museums

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  • A great shame. I remember my father taking me to this museum in the mid 1950s, and now? Gone. very sad news.

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  • John Alexander Sykes

    Hi
    Do you still have the Blacksmiths implements from Dewsbury museum?
    I was told when I was young that my Great granddad from Whitley was the Blacksmith in the village and all his tools went into the museum.
    I don’t know how true this was as I was only small at the time of the visit.
    Do you have any records of where they came from?
    My grandma’s name was Asquith.
    Regards
    J Sykes

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  • The museums are part of our heritage and tell the story’s of our past, take these away and it is just another backward step. Our history and the struggles and sacrifices of our relatives will be forgotten and sadly this will just contribute to the demise of Dewsbury. I can’t believe what is happening in and around Dewsbury in other areas such as the nhs. The government found billions of pounds to bale the banks out during the financial crisis but the austerity cuts just keep coming, where is the fairness in this society, Kirklees can’t even afford to cut the grass

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  • Rather than pay for storage which is something I suspect the council WOULD do can’t Kirklees’s store items at Batley Town Hall & poss’ other Town halls that have rooms going unused?

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  • Unfortunately you get what you vote for and sadly another term of Conservative austerity results in yet another bout of flogging off the nations silver. The buildings will inevitably be sold privately to a rich individual or company.

    Amazing that the Government can find 6 BILLION+ quid to repair the Houses of Parliament yet a handful of small museums in West Yorkshire get bludgeoned to death.

    The blame for this is solely with the Conservative Government who have left the Council with little option, an absolute disgrace.

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