We will be open all Heritage Weekend, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September, 10 – 4 as usual. (see poster)
However, there is no open day in August, due to circumstances beyond our control.
On 26th February, Calderdale Council cabinet voted in favour of giving CIMA a licence to run the museum. This paved the way for Green Business Network to offer us a grant of £50,000 towards refurbishment from the Landfill Communities Fund. Thank you Nigel for your continued support. The cheque is in the bank!
We are still waiting for all agreements to be finalised, but preparations are ongoing in the museum, ahead of the library contractors starting work, for the staircase extension to the top floor.
We need your generous support!
Money is needed for all sorts of projects – a new boiler, new signage, and refurbishing the education room are three of the most pressing.
Watch this space for ways of giving on-line, but meanwhile please send a cheque toCIMA,
Todmorden, OL14 6HS.
After Calderdale council agreed in principle, last month, to allow Calderdale Industrial Museum Association to operate the museum under a licence agreement, CIMA has received its first major private sponsorship with a cheque for £50,000 from Green Business Network. The GBN distributes grants from the Landfill Communities Fund (TheLCF) mainly in Calderdale & Kirklees, in this case using landfill tax on Calderdale’s waste levied by FCC Environment (formerly Waste Recycling Group).
Handing the cheque over, Nigel Oliver of GBN said that they had been supporting CIMA’s objective of refurbishing and re-opening the museum from the beginning but could not make any financial commitment until the project was secured in an agreement with the council. The £50,000 grant, one of GBN’s largest ever, was confirmation in itself of the importance of the project and of the continued professionalism of CIMA.
With funds allocated from Calderdale council, this grant will allow work to start on major repairs and improvements to the museum building, as well as creating new displays and better access for visitors. This work is planned over the next two years, in parallel with the major developments all around the museum – the Piece Hall Transformation; the new Library and Archive; and the Cornerstone Project at Square Chapel.
In welcoming the grant from GBN, CIMA’s Treasurer Bob Hannam said,
“This is a tremendous launch for CIMA but we now need to raise more funds to deliver a first class museum for Calderdale. If anybody is interested in helping us please contact CIMA on 01422 823966, or www.calderdaleindustrial.co.uk“
Progress with the museum will be reported and discussed at CIMA’s AGM on 31 March 2014 from 6.30pm at the Masonic Lodge, Blackwall, HX1 2EH. Anybody interested in getting involved would be welcome to attend.
on behalf of the CIMA Committee