Bankfield Museum closed after heavy rain causes leak

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Bankfield Museum had to be closed by the council today after heavy rain caused a leak.

None of the exhibits on display at the museum, in Boothtown, were damaged but staff had to work hard and fast to dry put the building.

The museum is due to reopen tomorrow once repairs have been carried out although two of the galleries will remain closed.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “Bankfield Museum is unfortunately closed today because of a leak following heavy rain. We expect it to reopen tomorrow. Akroyd Library is open as normal.

“We sprang into action on the clean-up straight away. We’ve been using mops, buckets, dehumidifiers and vacuums to dry out the building, and most of the water has now been removed.

“All the electrics have been checked. The main areas affected are display spaces on the ground floor and offices on the first floor. No harm has been caused to our vulnerable collections.

“All the main areas of the museum are expected to be open tomorrow, apart from the Calderdale Collects exhibition and the marble gallery.

“We’re working hard to make sure things get back to normal as soon as possible.”