You said - we did
In our spring 2009 edition we asked questions relating to our Museums and Galleries Service.
You said: it is important to present our local history and we should provide more events with better publicity.
We did.....revised our exhibition programme to reflect a more local focus, initiated more activities and reviewed our promotional material.
Over 97% of respondents said it was important to present Calderdale’s history and heritage. Local history was also flagged up as one of the elements that would make you more likely to visit our museums and galleries. In response our exhibition programme now has a stronger local history focus, with a number of local history exhibitions. In particular we opened “A Rich Man’s World”, a new local history gallery at Bankfield Museum on 6th February 2010. The gallery covers the development of Akroydon model village and its founder Edward Akroyd.
You asked for more children’s/family activities. We now have Saturday Art Clubs running at Bankfield Museum and Smith Art Gallery, aimed at 8- 12 year olds and Mini Maker sessions at Bankfield aimed at the under 5’s. These are in addition to a busy events programme at all sites.
Another area you flagged up was the need for more publicity. We are reviewing our promotional material and have also made some improvements to our website. We hope this now provides clearer and more detailed information about our venues and what they have to offer.
Since we have made these improvements the service has seen a 16% increase in visits for 2009/10. This equates to a rise from 92,319 to 106,997 visitors making an increase of 14,678 visitors in 2009/10.
Thank you for your feedback and to find out more about what is going on in your local museum or gallery, or to find contact details for the individual museums and galleries, visit the web page: Museums and galleries.