Visitors could again see working machinery in the Calderdale Industrial Museum as early as 2016.
Talks between the museum association and the local authority have progressed well and both sides are closing in on an agreement.
That would result in the association being licensed to operate and manage the museum on behalf of the council.
“The most frequent request we get from visitors is to see and hear the machinery working,” said association chairman Tim Kirker.
“This agreement will allow that to happen for the first time in 14 years. We still have a lot of detail to discuss but we are hoping that an agreement can be sorted shortly.
“Our objective is to re-launch the industrial museum with working exhibits, early in 2016, to coincide with the opening of the new library and the transformed Piece Hall.”
Talks have been ongoing for two years after the association was formed with the aim of re-opening the museum.
A museum open day will be held tomorrow (10am to 4pm).