New library and museum

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An artist’s impression of the new Library & Museum

The council has purchased the vacant former BHS store and is renovating it to move Wakefield Library and Museum to the city centre.


  • redevelop the vacant former British Home Stores (BHS) building into a new library and museum by 2025


  • creation of a new high-quality cultural destination
  • increase footfall to the city centre


  • Summer 2016 - BHS store becomes vacant
  • Spring 2021 - Wakefield Council buys building
  • Autumn 2021 - Wakefield Council receives funding for scheme
  • 2022 - Design concepts developed
  • Feb 2023 - Asbestos removal work underway


This project is one of two being supported by the Levelling Up Fund.

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