“Last year’s budget meeting agreed to reduced opening hours and this is what is now being put to the budget-setting meeting of the full council on February 22.”
A Kirklees spokeswoman added: “Cuts in public expenditure mean that the council is having to review all its services and make savings where possible.
“However, it is not proposing the extensive three-month winter closures to museums and historic houses suggested recently.
“All the museum sites are currently open seven days a week, all year round. There is scope to better design the service around visitor numbers, particularly in the winter when numbers are lower.
“We are considering, therefore, moving to a mixture of five or six days a week opening throughout the year for all sites, with early closing in winter for the main museums and weekend only winter opening for Red House and Oakwell Hall.
“The Oakwell visitor centre will still be open during the winter week and there will be arrangements at both sites for winter group and school visits.
“The changes will also mean that the growing demand for wedding ceremonies in Oakwell Hall can be met more easily and these will bring in income”.