Tolson Museum to Upgrade Boiler

Tolson museum

We are carrying out essential works to replace the boiler and upgrade the heating system at the Tolson Museum.

Why is the boiler being replaced? 

The current boiler, which runs on oil, will be replaced with a more energy efficient gas system.

To enable the works to take place, the museum will be closed from today, Monday 16 May. The museum will be closed for approximately two weeks.

Colin Parr, Strategic Director for Environment and Climate Change said:

“The replacement of the existing outdated boiler system will not only provide more effective heating and hot water, making it a much more comfortable environment for everyone who visits and works there, but also reflects the council’s continued commitment to the climate emergency and improving energy efficiency within our buildings.

“Additionally, these works highlight our commitment as a council to ensure the building is maintained and fit for future use beyond its current function.”

We are progressing plans for the existing grade II listed Huddersfield Library in the town centre to be refurbished and an extension added to transform it into a dedicated major new museum for Huddersfield, as part of our vision for the Cultural Heart. This will then showcase some of the Huddersfield’s remarkable stories and collections.

In the meantime, officers are continuing to work on an initial options appraisal for the future of the Tolson building which has a covenant instructing it must be used for educational or recreational purposes.

The building was originally bequeathed to Huddersfield in 1919 as a memorial to then owner, Leigh Tolson’s two nephews’ who were killed in the Great War, to identify a use for the building. The building opened as a museum in 1922 and celebrated its centenary this weekend with a number of events organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle Park.

Colin Parr continued:

“Officers are working hard to determine a suitable use for the Tolson which honours the covenant, its status as an important heritage asset and ensures it remains firmly in the town’s future.”