You may have heard that Red House is to be closed. Friends are sad and frustrated that it has come to this, but we have achieved much to be proud of, and there are still some events to look forward to.
Kirklees Council's Cabinet met on 3 October (postponed from 26 September) and agreed to close Red House and Dewsbury Museum. The Cabinet agreed to delegate the final timetable for closure to the Chief Executive. Adele Poppleton, Head of Active and Creative Communities, eventually let us know that 'a decision has been taken to close Red House Museum to the public on Wednesday 21st December 2016.'
While we waited for confirmation of the final date, Red House staff and Friends met to plan some events. Now the date has been confirmed we can put the plans into action and start publicising the events.
Thursday 8 December Dress Red House for Christmas
The staff have asked for Friends' help in dressing Red House for Christmas, ahead of the big event on the following Sunday. To offer help and find out details, please contact the staff on 01274 335056.
Sunday 11 December, 12noon - 4pm Red House Christmas
Let's make this last public event really special! Red House will be dressed for the festive season, and there will be live music and seasonal tasters. Friends will be serving refreshments in the Cartshed, and helping the staff around the House. The event will close with carol singing and fireworks. There will be a craft fair at Oakwell on the same day, so the two Friends' groups have asked Kelvyn Waites to bring his vintage bus and run a free shuttle service between the two sites, as he has done on Heritage Open Days.
DON'T FORGET RED HOUSE IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, 12NOON TO 4PM, AND TUESDAYS TO THURSDAYS 11AM - 4PM. PLEASE VISIT AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN BEFORE 21 DECEMBER.