Town’s history pops up in new showcase

A NEW pop-up history exhibition has opened at Dewsbury Town Hall showcasing the area’s textile heritage, famous people and civic life.

The exhibition has been backed by a grant from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund. It supports projects which explore new ways to make museum collections more sustainable.

The exhibition looks at Dewsbury’s past, from the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s to its political history.

Visitors can also find out about famous local people including Dr Jane Walker, who founded the Medical Women’s Federation, Eileen Fenton, the first woman to swim the English Channel and Sir John Simon, Dewsbury’s first MP.

Coun Graham Turner said: “We are excited to bring this display about Dewsbury right into the town centre so that many people can enjoy their heritage. We want to tell the story of the people of Dewsbury, the industrial history, and how this created social and political change over the years.

“We are delighted with how it looks and hope that visitors of all ages will enjoy sharing their memories and talking about how Dewsbury’s creativity inspires our lives today.

“During our public engagement about museums last summer, people told us that they wanted us to do more things outside of museums, taking inspiring stories out into communities.

“These collections belong to the people of Kirklees and we want a wider range of people to have the opportunity to enjoy them. The museums service is responding to the challenges of the council’s budget savings in a very creative way.”

Dewsbury Town Hall is open from 8.45am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 8.45am-2pm on Saturday. To access the pop-up display, visitors should go to the ground floor reception desk.

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