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Collection highlights future of museum.

Byline: EMMA DAVISON

AS EXHIBITS go the latest at the Tolson Museum is more eclectic than most.

Objects from Huddersfield's famous pop firm are muddled together with a collection of cheeky seaside postcards and even a 90-year-old greyhound.

But the new summer display at the Moldgreen museum isn't really an exhibition.

It's the public's chance to contribute to its new Community Heritage Room, which is due to open early next year.

The museum has been awarded pounds 50,000 by Heritage Lottery Fund to create its first gallery in 17 years.

And visitors are being asked for their input on how the cash should be spent.

Kirklees Cabinet member Clr Mary Harkin said: "The people of Huddersfield have the opportunity to get involved in the future of the town's museum.

"They can do this by either volunteering to assist with this exciting project or by suggesting which of Kirklees' fantastic collection of historic objects they would like to see on display in this new gallery.

"The award by the Heritage Lottery Fund is an extremely welcome investment in the museum which is Huddersfield's history book and has been representing the town since its establishment in 1920." At the moment the gallery is divided into topics illustrated with local objects.

They are: Shops and Shopping, including objects from much-missed shops and Ben Shaws factory; Serving Our Country, featuring the Cat and Cabbage regimental badge of the York and Lancaster Regiment; Natural Disasters, focusing on the Holmfirth floods; Holiday Time! with vintage swimming costume and Bamforths postcards; and In Loving Memory which remembers and commemorates pets of all sizes and species, including a greyhound which joined the museum in 1925.

The exhibition can be viewed during the museum's opening times. They are Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm and entrance is free.

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* EXHIBITS: West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers jacket and WWI York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd lieutenant''s uniform jacket
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2010
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