Knaresborough Museum plan given go-ahead
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Last updated Jun 17, 2022
Knaresborough Museum site
The site for Knaresborough Museum.

Plans have been approved to convert a former girls school in Knaresborough into a museum.

Based at the old National Girls School in Castle Yard, the town museum looks set to open next year.

Harrogate Borough Council backed proposals by Knaresborough Museum Association to convert the former school into the facility.

It will see the dance hall changed to a museum as well as alterations to the interior, a new entrance, disabled toilets and a new ramp.

In a post on its Facebook page, the museum said:

“We have been awarded planning permission and listed building consent for change of use from dance hall to a new museum and to create a new entrance, steps and handrails, disabled access toilets, new ramp and internal modifications.

“Now we really can start planning ahead.”


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Plans for the museum have been in the works since 2020 and it is earmarked to officially open in February 2023.

Funded by public donations and grants, it will include eight exhibition zones covering periods of history from the Jurassic age to the world wars.


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