A museum that received a huge lottery win is to re-open its doors.

Excitement is bubbling at the Colne Valley Museum in Golcar, which will let the public in for a partial re-opening on Golcar Lily Day on May 14.

The Cliffe Ash attraction, housed in four weavers’ cottages, temporarily closed for substantial renovations last year after it won a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £719,000.

Visitors on the day will be able to look around two out of the three floors from 10am to 4.30pm, where they will be able to see the museum’s volunteers baking in period costume.

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Tradespeople have been hard at work to complete ambitious plans which included refurbishing the entire building and creating a period bedroom, so that an entire 19th century weavers’ cottage, with a living kitchen, wash cellar and a loom chamber, can be explored by visitors.

A new meeting room has also been added for the use of local groups and visitors, along with a Community Heritage Resource Centre to enable greater access to the museum’s collection, especially for those tracing their family history.

Traditional crafts at the Colne Valley Museum
Traditional crafts at the Colne Valley Museum

Members of the museum get the chance to look round this weekend, with viewings on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm.

Anne Lord, of the museum, said: “Unfortunately we are only able to use 2 floors of the building at the moment as we have some unforeseen work to do on the roof, so the top floor is out of bounds.

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“We are keen to hear our members views on our new look museum - and we invited the neighbours who have been very tolerant of the large vans parked along Cliffe Ash etc over the past few months.

“We shall have an Open Day for the public on Golcar Lily Day, which is something we have always been part of, when our bread team will be baking our famous Golcar Lily Loaf.”

During its closure, volunteers appeared all over Huddersfield with their pop-up museum, where they demonstrated traditional skills such as spinning and displayed some of the building’s artefacts.