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In addition to the recently publicised reduction in the opening times of Museums and Galleries across Kirklees, the proposals now include the complete closure of Red House Museum in Gomersal. If these proposals are passed, Red House would be closed in September and the buildings sold - not necessarily as a museum. Red House was built in 1660 and was the home of the Taylor Family until 1920. It has important Brontë connections and is now furnished as a home in the 1830s when Charlotte Brontë was a frequent visitor. Red House, the Taylor family and the Spen Valley area were all featured in Charlotte Brontë's novel Shirley. Also on site are the recreated 1830s gardens, the restored Barn which illustrates the numerous Brontë connections in the area and the renovated Cartsheds which houses the 'Spen Valley Stories' gallery. Last year the site received almost 30,000 visitors and was recently awarded its second Sandford Award for the quality of its heritage educational services for schools. The site is an important asset for Kirklees and local businesses as a tourist destination which attracts visitors from all over the world to the area. Unlike Council Services which can be cut and reinstated in better economic times, if the proposal to close and sell the site were passed an extremely important part of Spen Valley's heritage would be lost forever.

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  • Christine Beastall
    Christine Beastall United Kingdom, London
    Oct 11, 2016
    Oct 11, 2016
    I understand the economic problems being faced by Kirklees council, but it would be a great shame to see this important historical link to our region and the Bronte family lost. We would be losing a part of our heritage, to bolster up a national government introduced financial system which is punitive and unworkable. Please think again.
  • Julie Hopkins
    Julie Hopkins United Kingdom
    Oct 10, 2016
    Oct 10, 2016
    Have visited this museum many times over the years, it's horrifying to think of it being closed, what a loss that would be!
  • Tony Baxter
    Tony Baxter United Kingdom, Colchester
    Oct 07, 2016
    Oct 07, 2016
    Even putting aside the 'Shirley' connection, I am appalled that closure should even be considered - a complete 17th century house furnished as it was nearly 200 years ago. Absolutely disgraceful.
  • Will Clarke
    Will Clarke United Kingdom, Leeds
    Oct 03, 2016
    Oct 03, 2016
    Historical house of real importance which should be available for all to enjoy.
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