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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Kirklees Council to unveil new ‘Heritage Strategy’ to attract investment

A decision will be made next week

Kirklees Council is seeking approval for its new Heritage Strategy to promote the borough and attract investors and visitors.

Entitled ‘We Are Making History’, the new strategy will be discussed at next week’s meeting of the council’s Cabinet who will be asked to approve it. A key aim is to raise the profile of Kirklees’ rich and diverse heritage in all its forms, from its renowned role in the Industrial Revolution to protest movements such as The Luddites and Women’s Suffrage and the formation of the Rugby League.

The Heritage Strategy was created with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund through their Resilient Heritage funding programme, following a public consultation that took place in 2023. It will sit alongside new Tourism and Cultural Strategies which are currently being developed.

Richard Parry, Strategic Director for Adults and Health at Kirklees Council, said: “This April sees Kirklees celebrating our 50th anniversary, so the new Heritage Strategy couldn’t be better timed. Kirklees continues to make history as it always has done, but we also want our diverse heritage to inspire the future of the district.

“Heritage in Kirklees is amazing in breadth and quality and this strategy will not only help us to protect and develop the heritage offer of our historic landscapes and towns across the borough, but it will also enable us to bring people together and find new ways to tell the stories of our communities.”

The strategy aims to support heritage and the programmes it can deliver within Kirklees’ communities to build stronger connections and experiences with one another and contribute to positive impacts for wellbeing, learning and skills development for the future. The council says that it will also encourage inclusive opportunities for everyone to understand, enjoy and share our common heritage.

If approved, the Heritage Strategy will be published in full on the council’s website and further activity will take place later in 2024 to begin its implementation.

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