Tolson Museum: the campaign continues

by lindawilkinson on 23 March, 2014

I’m disappointed that the Labour group would not fund desperately needed repairs to the roof of the Tolson Museum in the Council budget. However, the fight continues.

The Tolson is the museum of Huddersfield, showcasing our rich heritage and welcoming thousands of visitors every year. It’s unique and cannot be replaced. It is particularly poignant that our campaign to protect its future comes on the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Legh Tolson donated Ravensknowle Hall and part of its grounds to the people of Huddersfield after his brother’s two young sons were killed in the First World War. It was converted into a museum which was opened in 1922. Since then it has been a constant source of inspiration and fascination for the people of Huddersfield and one of our Ward’s greatest assets.

I appreciate that money is tight. However, it is a question of priorities. The Labour group voted for a budget that included spending money on transferring the Meltham Carlile Institute out of Council ownership. They’ve also funded gold leaf for Dewsbury Town Hall.

I’m determined to make sure cash is found to repair the Museum and protect it for future generations. However, your Lib Dem team need the support of the community to do it. A Friends of Tolson Museum group has been set up and I’ll be working with them to safeguard the Museum’s future and make plans to develop it further.

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