BIRSTALL-BASED paint firm PPG have donated thousands of pounds and hours of volunteer time to help repair and redecorate at Oakwell Hall.
The temporary closure of the hall in February for the filming of BBC drama ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ provided the opportunity to carry out structural repairs to a chimney in the west wing of the house and redecoration work to the lobby area, main staircase and parts of the first floor.
The £19,000 project was paid for by PPG through its Global Charitable Contributions Programme, and volunteers helped complete it. PPG is an international company with a large plant based at a 65-acre site in Birstall.
It employs over 1,500 people throughout the UK and Ireland and has worked with Kirklees Museums and Galleries over the last year to support a range of events and activities at both Red House and Oakwell Hall historic houses.
These included children’s activity days, brass band concerts and Yorkshire Day events.
Support from PPG continues as a fragile late 16th century chimney stack is undergoing restoration and a new 1830s style stairway carpet is planned for Red House Museum before the end of March.
Veronica Horsfall, spokesman for PPG, said: “We are delighted to support such an important local historic landmark.
“Oakwell has strong connections with our workforce and it is particularly pleasing that our funding has allowed the return of a range of events and activities which has benefited local communities.”