AN APPEAL to help a museum expand its heritage has been given a cash boost.
The Colne Valley Museum at Golcar is on a mission to raise £150,000 to buy an adjoining cottage at its base at Cliffe Ash.
The museum – made up of weavers’ cottages – was set up 37 years ago to show what life was like for textile workers’ families in Victorian times.
Now Linthwaite pharmaceutical company Thornton and Ross has stepped in to give the project a cash injection.
The pledge will bring the appeal’s total to £27,000.
Roger Fielding, the museum’s chairman of trustees, said: “It is heartening to receive this generous support from one of the valley’s most respected manufacturing companies.
“Together with other generous pledges received from the business community, members of the public and our own volunteers this brings the dream nearer to reality.”
The museum plans to buy the final building in the row of four cottages to help it expand and secure its future.
The cottage – which has been a fish and chip for years – holds the datestone for the terrace, which was completed in 1845.
Thornton and Ross chairman Jonathan Thornton said: “We were pleased to support the good work being done by the trustees and volunteers at the museum.
“It is a vital part of our local heritage.”
The self-funded museum is a popular visitor attraction and offers more than 100 schools a year the chance to take part in costumed Victorian days there.
For more information about the museum or the cash appeal log on to www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk, call the treasurer on 01484 659762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org