Industrial museum in the spotlight...

Derelict buildings around Halifax.'The former Halifax Industrial Museum, by the Piece Hall.
Derelict buildings around Halifax.'The former Halifax Industrial Museum, by the Piece Hall.
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A FULL condition survey is to be carried out at the Calderdale Industrial Museum, near the Piece Hall.

The council also intends to conduct a “collections significance audit” as part its new museums strategy.

The red brick building was mothballed in 2000 due to rising costs and falling visitor numbers.

But there has been a revival of interest prompted partly by the multi-million pound Piece Hall restoration bid.

The Calderdale Industrial Museum Association has also be formed and will hold its inaugural general meeting on Thursday, at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, at 7pm.

Organiser Lyndon Shearman said the decision by Calderdale Council Cabinet to approve the museum strategy had given the organisation a huge boost.

“It names our association as a key partner in realising greater access to the museum and its artifacts.

“There is much to do but the goal of having a vibrant industrial museum which celebrates Calderdale’s unique industrial heritage will be worth all the effort,” he said.

The council’s surveys will help inform future decisions about the building and should be completed by the end of November.

Meanwhile, work on a new museum store at Spring Hall should be competed by Christmas.