Museum closure is ‘very sad’ news

Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Alan Butterfield from the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum in Earby.

Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Alan Butterfield from the Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum in Earby.

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An Earby museum has closed and is a “sad” loss for the town, according to one of the centre’s trustees.

The Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum in the Old Grammar School building in School Lane opened its doors for the final time during the Spring Bank Holiday in May and has closed due to its financial state and a diminishing number of volunteers.

There’s now a call for volunteers to help move out the artefacts, starting this weekend, which are to be rehoused in a museum in Hawes.

Coun. Rosemary Carroll, the museum’s treasurer, said: “It’s very sad and it was a tough decision to have to make. However, we couldn’t continue.

“The one positive is that the artefacts and the collection is safe.

“We now need volunteers to help pack everything up and move it as professional transport costs are horrendous and we haven’t got a lot of money.”

Coun. Carroll said the museum could no longer carry on after losing its Pendle Council grant and two of its five trustees were suffering from illness.

She said four figure donation made late last year from a private donor which saved the museum from immediate closure then only covers the cost of insurance up to August.

Anybody who can help out should contact Coun. Carroll on 844127.