Kirklees Council has made known its proposal to close Red House Museum and Dewsbury Museum after the October half term 2016. There will be a short period in which to have your say, and all feedback will be taken into account before a final decision is made by the Council Cabinet in September.
Friends of Red House Museum urge you to act now if you want to let the Council know what you think of their proposal. The public engagement period is extremely short; 4-24 July. Friends have started a petition which you can sign online at Kirklees.gov.uk/petitions Paper versions are available in local shops and businesses, and at Red House this weekend. ending date for the petition is 21 July.
Jacqueline Ryder, Chairperson of the Friends of Red House Museum, said ‘This news confirms our worst fears after months of rumour and speculation. Red House is a rare example of a yeoman clothier’s family house and workplace, complete with outbuildings and historic, award-winning gardens. It was owned and run by the Taylor family for 400 years, who made a substantial contribution to the area’s textile industry. The family even ran their own bank from Red House for a little while. Considering the close links with Charlotte Brontë it is very sad that Kirklees Council has made this
announcement when we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charlotte’s birth.’
There is a facebook page where you can have your say about the proposed closure - click here to leave your comments