Valley’s industrial past needed to take museum plan forward

THE industrial expertise of the upper Calder Valley is in high demand.

The Calderdale Industrial Museum Association is looking for people from Hebden Bridge and Todmorden to pass on their knowledge of the industry in those areas .

A spokesperson for the association said it had made progress on plans to re-open the museum, which is located near the Piece Hall in Halifax.

“The association has developed a detailed business plan showing how the museum can operate in the hands of volunteers and this has been presented to council officers,” the spokesperson said.

“They will take the plan forward with the intention of developing a partnership agreement between the council and the association.

“The plan includes projected repair and operating costs, expected visitor numbers, health and safety issues arising from the re-opening, and opportunities to use the museum for creative education purposes.

The spokesperson said that association members are currently having tours of the site and announced proposed plans for public open days later this year.

The first open day is planned for June 9, which is a significant date for Calderdale because it is when Halifax Corporation was inaugurated in 1848.

The second open day is proposed for the weekend of September 8 and 9 - the Heritage weekend.

Association members are currently working at Spring Hall, Halifax, store cleaning and conserving industrial machines which could eventually be displayed at the museum.

Anyone interested in joining the association can contact its chairman, Lyndon Shearman, on 01422 610977 or its secretary, Dee Weaver at dee@deeweaver.co.uk or treasurer Bob Hannam, Lee Farm, Lee Lane, Lumbutts, Todmorden, OL14 6HS..