Pontefract Museum investment boost

28/11/2017, PR8708

​Pontefract Museum is set to benefit from a £50,000 funding boost.

Since 2015 the museum has undergone a programme of gallery development worth a total of £119,700. This latest investment, from Arts Council England, will be used to create new and interactive displays and redevelop others.

The new displays will tell the story of Pontefract from the Georgian period up to the present day. The ballot box used in the first secret ballot to elect an MP in 1872 will take a prominent position, with a new comic book style interpretation. More display space will be created alongside interactive and family friendly elements.

Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "Pontefract Museum has a fascinating story to tell. The museum is filled with some amazing and special objects, and the new displays will make these objects and stories more accessible to visitors. With investment also taking place at the Castle, Pontefract has so much to offer visitors."

The museum will close for the redevelopment work on Saturday 23 December and reopen in spring 2018. Visit Wakefield Museums blog www.wakefieldmuseumsandlibraries.blogspot.co.uk or follow @WFMuseums on Twitter for news and updates.

This project is being supported and funded by Arts Council England.

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