Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014 on 2:23 pm

Plans to secure the future of Calderdale Industrial Museum announced

Calderdale Industrial Museum

Councillors, CIMA representatives and volunteers at the Calderdale Industrial Museum

A plan to secure the future of Calderdale Industrial Museum, located in the town of Halifax, will be discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet next week.

The Cabinet will be asked to approve the transfer of the museum to the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA), under licence, which will allow the group of volunteers to open the museum to the public more often.

Chair of CIMA, Tim Kirker, said: “This is great news for the museum and the start of an exciting new phase for CIMA. Whist work progresses on the Library and the Piece Hall, we will be working in the museum so that it can be re-launched in 2016, when these two major developments are completed.

“With the Council’s support now turned into a formal agreement, and with generous support from Green Business Network, we can increase our efforts to raise funds and recruit new members.”

The museum – which is dedicated to the preservation of Calderdale’s industrial heritage – was closed to the public in 2000 after running costs became too great, although the collection was continued to be cared for by the Museums Service.

Once work goes underway after the transfer, the building will undergo refurbishment, which includes building work to the value of £170,000.

It will include repairing and renewing areas throughout the museum, including a new staircase that will ensure that all areas of the building are accessible to the public, including the top floor, which is currently unusable.

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