Refurbishment Works at Tolson Museum
Tolson Museum, on Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, is undergoing refurbishment to its reception and entrance hall.
The entrance hall will be transformed with works to create a new shop, reception and refreshment offer.
To allow these works to take place, the museum will be closed temporarily from Sunday 17 September reopening to the public on Saturday 21 October.
Reason behind the work
Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Corporate Services said:
“Tolson Museum will reopen in time for the October half term holiday with a new shop and pop-up cafe. The old reception desk and shop had been in place for many years and we look forward to creating a better welcome for our visitors, which will look great, offer up to date facilities, great coffee and enable us to generate more income in challenging times”
Councillor Turner continued, “In the longer term, the council will be considering future options for a new Huddersfield Museum and Art Gallery. Decisions on the future of the current building are a long way down the line, as it takes many years from assessing options for major investment schemes to actually opening the doors.”
He added, “In the meantime these improvements at Tolson Museum will really make a difference. They will enable us to run the museum more effectively and ensure that visitors have a quality experience.
“The work being carried out at Tolson takes a ‘pop up’ approach, which pilots an improved retail offer and utilises units and equipment which would be interchangeable with other museum sites in the future.
“These improvements are being funded by Arts Council England. We are keen to ensure the best use of this funding which is about developing the future sustainability of the Museum service. We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council for supporting Kirklees Museums and Galleries in the current very challenging financial times for local Councils.”