A plan to secure the future of Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax will be discussed at the council’s next cabinet meeting.
Cabinet will be asked to approve the transfer of the museum to the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association, under licence.
The museum was closed to the public in 2000 after running costs became too great, although the collection has continued to be cared for by the Museums Service.
A group of volunteers formed in 2011 to work with the Council on the museum, with the new five-year agreement allowing the association to open the museum to the public more often.
Responsibility for the Industrial Museum will be shared by the Council and the association.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney said: “I am absolutely delighted that the association, with its knowledgeable and dedicated group of volunteers, is able to take on the management of the museum.”