Imagine a new museum and gallery for Huddersfield: Public Engagement Survey

We invite your views on how we should display Huddersfield’s remarkable stories of past and present to inspire the future.

A new museum and art gallery for Huddersfield

We are asking people what they would like to see in a new museum and art gallery for Huddersfield in a new survey available from 28 October until Monday 7 December 2020.

The Huddersfield Blueprint

A new museum and gallery will be a major part of the town’s regeneration, as set out in the Huddersfield Blueprint published last year. This new museum offer will be in addition to and complement the recently announced plans for a National Rugby League Museum in the George Hotel.

Where will the new museum and gallery be located?

The new museum and gallery’s exact location is yet to be decided but it will be part of the town’s Cultural Heart area.

We want you to share your views

In order to start planning, we are inviting everyone to share their views on what would encourage them to visit. We would like to hear from regular museum visitors and people who have never been to a local museum before.  The survey is part of a wider public engagement programme being carried out by our museums and galleries team, working with specialist museum consultants.

Who is funding the public engagement? 

This public engagement is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Resilient Heritage programme and is part of the Bringing out the Best project, which is developing long-term strategic plans for heritage across Kirklees, including Oakwell Hall, Bagshaw Museum and the existing Huddersfield Art Gallery and Tolson Museum.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Culture said:

“Museums tell the story of us through both every day and more unusual objects. They provide a unique insight into how much towns and communities like ours have changed over time.  We want to create museums that are fit for now and the future, which embrace new technology and reflects the diverse nature of our towns and its communities.  We want to create places that people keep coming back to and that we can be proud of.

We are very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, whose support is helping us to work towards the development of a holistic strategy for heritage across Kirklees.”

David Renwick, Director, England, North at the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

“Here at The National Lottery Heritage Fund we understand the importance of listening to communities to find out what heritage means to them and how it should best be reflected in our museums, collections and other heritage activities. We’re really pleased to support Kirklees Council’s ‘Bringing Out the Best’ project and ensuring it does just that for the people of Huddersfield. It’s fantastic news that these public surveys will ensure that Huddersfield’s rich heritage can play its rightful part in the town’s place making renaissance, and we’re proud to be investing in that too.”

The questions being asked cover the following themes:

  • What would encourage you to visit a new museum and gallery?
  • What stories from our history, heritage and culture should be told?
  • What facilities would make it a fantastic place to visit?
  • What is special about Huddersfield and how can we show the world who we are?

Complete the survey

You can fill in the online survey.

If you’d like a survey sent to you by post, or require large print, braille or audio versions, phone 01484 223210.

You can pick up the survey from:

Tolson Museum, Huddersfield

Open: Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 4pm

Kirklees Half term open: Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 October 11am to 4pm


Bagshaw Museum, Batley

Open: Until 31 October – Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

Kirklees Half term open: Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 October 11am to 5pm

From 1 November – Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 4pm


Oakwell Hall & Country Park Shop, Birstall

Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm

West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Unit 2, The Piazza, Huddersfield

Open: Until 31 October – Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 4pm

and from 14 November – Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 4pm

Closed: 1 to 13 November


The survey will take around 10 – 12 minutes to complete.  The results will be analysed and the findings published in the early part of 2021.

One comment

  • I’ve only been here 3 yrs but have seen a major decline in Huddersfield with loss of shops, stores, absolutely nothing for the elderly who are still mentally and physically fit., uneven pavements which I have had the misfortune of tripping in two different places, first landing flat out, secondly onto my knees. Not good for and old person. I can’t imagine that Huddersfield Town has anything to entice anyone to visit .
    Never mind museums for sport, how about something other than bingo or knitting clubs for us oldies……A dance venue, Ballroom, jive etc not disco, theres enough pubs n clubs for the younger end.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.