A TOWN’S museum has closed for major improvements.
Bagshaw Museum at Batley, run by Kirklees Council, is to undergo structural work and gallery developments, paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The work is expected to take until next spring.
The Heritage Lottery Fund gave £419,500 towards a major development project at the Wilton Park museum in March this year, with extra cash coming from Kirklees.
The money will provide two new permanent exhibitions and lift access to the first floor.
The project will also see the museum’s South Asian gallery – the result of a previous lottery-funded scheme – developed and made permanent.
There will also be better access to the museum, through the installation of the lift and other access improvements.
The lift will, for the first time, allow access for wheelchair users to the upstairs galleries and ensure the museum meets the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
A museum spokesman said: “The aim is to link the galleries through common themes, such as birth, marriage, education and childhood.
“But the details of how each will be presented in terms of design, content and atmosphere will be decided in consultation with the public.’’
During the closure, museum staff hope to improve their collections.
Kirklees officials are asking people for their help in revealing Batley’s hidden secrets, uncovering the history of the town through the lives of its people, past and present.
Their stories will contribute to a new Batley Stories exhibition.
People wanting to pass on local history stories should phone Mashuda Shaikh on 01484 223800 or email email@example.com
Alternatively visit the website www.bagshawmuseum.co.uk
Information on the website will also keep people up to date with developments at the museum until it reopens.