Dewsbury Museum partially reopens after ceiling collapse

BACK OPEN: Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park has partially reopened to the public after a ceiling collapsed on Easter Monday. (d23081122)

BACK OPEN: Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park has partially reopened to the public after a ceiling collapsed on Easter Monday. (d23081122)

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Dewsbury Museum has partially reopened after a ceiling collapsed on Easter Monday.

The museum, in Crow Nest Park, is working with English Heritage to organise repairs, which may take several months.

But events and school visits will still take place while restoration work is completed.

To mark the reopening, an Edwardian doll’s house is now back on display at the museum after a 15 year gap.

The house, Dolldom Hall, was given to Mary Barron in 1907 and has many features typical of a house from that period.

Ms Barron collected and made objects for it until her death in 1984 when she bequeathed it to Kirklees Museums and Galleries.

Heritage manager Linda Levick said: “Every time you look into the house you notice something you hadn’t seen before.

“There are tiny needlework scissors for the lady of the house, scrubbing brushes for the maid and plates of miniature food.”

Kirklees Council cabinet member Coun Jean Calvert said: “I am pleased that the museum has been able to re-open and I hope many people will come to see Dolldom Hall in all its glory.”